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ENSF responds to reactions on blacklisting
Published on 16 Feb. 2010 1:03 AM IST
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: Responding to a spate of reactions that surfaced after it “blacklisted” firms/contractors working on NH-155, the Eastern Naga Students’ Federation (ENSF) Monday invited all responsible to verify 1st phase contract sites on NH-155 under its jurisdiction – Tuensang/Kiphire division – on Feb19 and Feb 20 respectively. Terming as “uncalled for” the recent press statements by certain individual(s) and organization(s) seeking unconditional apology and condemning its stand, the ENSF said fair judgment would be “expedited on the spot.” The ENSF has invited representatives from chief secretary office and NPWD commissioner &secretary office; chief engineer (highways): executive engineer (highways) Tuensang/Kiphire division; ENPO, ENWO, ENPUK officials; CKS, YTC, USLB, KTC members; YAA, CCSU, KSU, USSC, KSU, PSC officials; NCSU officials and NCSU unit officials of Tuensang, Mon, Longleng, Kiphire; all site engineers, who reacted to their action; Khezhienuomia Youth Organization (KYO) and any individuals, organisations and well-wishers. The ENSF has cautioned that failing to attend the meeting by any individuals or organizations, who opposed its stand, would bear the responsibility for entire developmental negligence of eastern Nagas. ENSF also warned that any situations or problems that arise out of the issue would be at their own risk, and that it shall not be held responsible. ENSF officials along with its federating units, ENPO, ENWO, ENPUK and tribal bodies would receive visiting team at 55 KM-60KM (Mengaki) under Tuensang Division 10:30 a.m. that day. It has also requested E.E. (H) of Tuensang and Kiphire and site engineers to bring all required documents. Reiterating its stand on blacklisting, the ENSF president Hawang T.Wangsha and general secretary Changsang Soted, in a joint release, said it was prompted to take drastic step of blacklisting in the interest of the eastern Naga people. While asserting that the step was taken after much appeal, request, notification and verifications, the ENSF said the question of “instigation by vested individuals” did not arise. Relating their account, the ENSF said that public of eastern Nagaland had initially opposed state government’s decision to hand-over NH-155 to NPWD from BRO. However, with their intervention, the matter was resolved and a memorandum was submitted PWD (R&B) chief engineer, basing on which it agreed to government’s decision of handing over NH-155 to NPWD, the ENSF stated. The federation said it had assured full co-operation to authority responsible and contractors for better development of their region on condition that ENSF would withdraw its cooperation if failed to comply with contract norms. Pointing out that consequently after spot verification of 1st phase contract works on NH-155 under its jurisdiction, a consultative meeting with contractor(s) and department responsible was convened at ENSF HQ office, Tuensang Sept 22, the ENSF said none of the responsible contractors attended the meeting but deputed their site in-charges. After thorough deliberation, Nov 30, 2009 was earmarked as the deadline for completion of the 1st Phase Contract work and repairs, it stated. On observing “poor workmanship” after the expiry of Nov 30 deadline, the ENSF said it called for another meeting with contractors and the department Dec 1 at its office. But, the contractors again failed to attend and deputed their site in-charges. The meeting, however, decided to extend the deadline to January 20 as per their request, the federation said, adding that “intimation letter” highlighting to put on “blacklist” was served to all respective contractors if they failed to adhere to contract norms. NCSU units react The Nagaland Contractors’ and Suppliers’ Union (NCSU) Mokokchung and Dimapur units have urged ENSF to retract its statement and solve the matter amicably. In a press note, the NCSU Mokokchung unit president K. Tia Imchen and general secretary I. Temsu Jamir said it was very “unbecoming” on the part of a “highly respected” student body to issue such “irresponsible and drastic” statement. NSCU Mokokchung unit observed that ESNF should settle the matter with the responsible department. The Dimapur unit of NSCU, in a note issued by its president Phukuto Zimo and general secretary Imti Wati said it found “absolutely insignificance” on the part of ENSF for making “hasty and unjust judgment.”

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