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Bandh a wake up call to DAN: Cong
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, MAR 20 (NPN)
Published on 21 Mar. 2010 12:37 AM IST
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Claiming that Saturday’s bandh was successful, Congress leaders- I.Imkong (NPCC) and Tokheho (CLP) have expressed gratitude to people and organisation and asserted that it was a wake up call for the ruling DAN government. Interacting with media persons at the Congress bhavan here after the bandh Saturday, NPCC president I Imkong said that it was successfully observed in all the districts. At the same time, Imkong also admitted that there was some scuffle between the NCP and Congress volunteers in Longleng. He also dismissed reports that the bandh was only partially successful in Mokokchung.
The NPCC leader averred that the ‘symbolic agitation against the failure of the DAN government in all front’ was successful despite the efforts of the government to foil their plan. “The DAN government should get the message clear” the NPCC chief stated.
Attributing the success of the bandh to the cooperation received from the public, Imkong also questioned the attitude of the state government by asserting that his party was singled out while it was not so in case of other organizations and NGOs. At the same time he also extended his gratitude to the NSF, party functionaries and the public for their cooperation.
The Congress stalwart also slammed the government for not implementing the 6th Revision of Pay (ROP) in toto with other Northeastern states of India. “Nagaland is the only state in Northeast where 6th pay commission has not been implemented” he affirmed. Stating the government was very weak one, he also averred that the government was trying to pass the buck since they have not been able to convince the Central government as others has done.
Stating that the party will adopt a ‘wait and watch’ policy, CLP Leader Tokheho warned the government that the agitation will continue from different platforms if the issues pointed out were not implemented. “Since we have ventilated the issues we will watch and wait, if they are going to implement” he said.
Pointing out that the party has enough proof and evidence, the CLP Leader also urged the government to book the people involved in various irregularities. Avowing that his party would fight on till the irregularities are corrected, the CLP leader asserted that the report will be made public, if needed be.
Attacking the government for not coming out clean on the appointment of bogus teachers and failure to act on the SIT report, Tokheho disclosed that the SIT team has already submitted its report and strict action has been recommended by the Commissioner and secretary, of School Education. He also mentioned that team had not sought for extension of another one month but was rather it was decided by the DAN government.
The CLP leader also slammed the Chief Secretary for allegedly refusing to accept Rs 400 cr as advance plan assistance from the Central government to implement the 6th pay commission. Pointing out that the then government under the leadership of Dr S C Jamir had implemented the 5th ROP without any financial assistance from the centre, Tokheho blamed on the financial mismanagement of the government as the sole reason for its failure to implement the 6th ROP. The CLP leader also censured the government for not paying the salaries of the work charge since October last year and Medical department since February.
Later replying to the question of why their party was not attacking the government on the alleged corruption in NREGA and Transport subsidy schemes, both the Congress leaders informed that the court has admitted the PIL of some NGOs and averred that it would be a sub-judice.

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