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Cong tag of ‘most corrupt’ on DAN govt
Correspondent KOHIMA, JUL 13 (NPN):
Published on 14 Jul. 2009 1:30 AM IST
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The Congress party alleged that the NPF-led DAN government was the most corrupted government ever in the history of Nagaland. “In the history of Nagaland, no government is as corrupt as this NPF-led DAN government” said leader of opposition, Chingwang Konyak on Monday in a written statement during a press conference at the committee hall. He also alleged that privileged people from top to bottom were indulging and partaking in feast of corruption and that financial scams were emerging everywhere. “Corruptions, scandals dogged prominently in department like Civil supply, rural development, industries (transport subsidy and sugar mill), education (bogus) appointment and SSA, power (RGGVY), NPSC (Paper swapping) , Roads, horticulture, agriculture irrigation, forest to mention only few,” he stated. Hitting hard at the government, Chingwang said that like a forsaken city, there was virtually no development activity in Nagaland though the Congress-led UPA government has shown generosity in pumping hundreds and thousands of crores to Nagaland for developmental activities. “The NPF-led DAN government have instead, embezzled crores and used partly for themselves and the rest are invested in nefarious activities against the Congress party and the entire public,” he alleged. Chingwang disclosed that the Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS) of Delhi like NREGS, NRHM, PMGSY, IAY, RGGVY, BRGF, SSA, SGSY, PDS, ICDS etc sanctioned to Nagaland in terms of thousands of crores were not fully reaching the poor people and villagers. He claimed that the Congress party’s mega programmes were mostly squandered by the people in power. He also said that the DAN government led by NPF gave tall promises to the people while assuming power such as solving the elusive Naga political problem within three months, transparency and accountability, delivering justice and efficient mechanism of the government. He said the DAN have belied the people on all fronts. “Because of its loop sided and partisan approach, the Naga political issue have become a messier and murkier. Thus solution becomes a mirage under the DAN government,” Chingwang said. He said that factional killings in the recent past have toned down extensively not because of DAN government’s contribution for peace but because of the yeoman service rendered by Forum for Naga Reconciliation. He also said that except a lull on killings, other criminal cases were getting worse day by day. According to Chingwang, criminal cases of kidnapping, abduction, rape, molestation, intimidation, threat, looting, heavy toll taxes on all commodities, village and town locality taxes, uninterrupted 25 % cut of government employees in all departments have become a common feature. Barring other authorities, Chingwang said that the home minister who was responsible for controlling law and order in Nagaland have shied away as he was intimidated by anti-social elements sometime back. Congress MLA I. Imkong said that the government has not been authorized to be facilitator and stated that it was the negotiating parties who should come forward. Former chief minister, K. L Chishi reiterated that the deficit of the state government would go over Rs.1000 crores and pointed out that the Financial Account of 2008-2009 was not available in the budget. He said that the sate government projection of the Financial Account of 2007-2008 and deficit of Rs. 494. 23 crores for the year 2009-2010 was “farce and unrealistic.” On the NPF giving unconditional support to Congress-led UPA at the centre, Chishi said that the NPF intended to tap resources from the centre. NPCC President and MLA KV Pusa congratulated all the Congress legislators for actively participating in the budget session. Pusa said that the excellent performance of the Congress MLAs in the discussion highlighted the plight of the people and that the government should accommodate the constructive criticism and suggestions from the opposition bench. Congress MLA C. Apok Jamir was also present at the press conference.

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