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Oppn. slams DAN; grills ministers, parl. secys
Correspondent KOHIMA, MAR 25 (NPN)
Published on 26 Mar. 2010 12:42 AM IST
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Opposition Congress leader Tokheho Yepthomi slammed the ruling DAN coalition as a ‘one-man show’ rife with favoritism, nepotism and discrimination.
Initiating the debate on Governor’s address on Tuesday in the assembly, Tokheho, who led the opposition charge in his new role as leader of the opposition, said the DAN government was ruled by dictat and without governance .
He said irregularities and corruption were taking place in various government departments and development grinding to a halt resulting in no circulation of cash in the market.
He described the the Governor’s address as wishful thinking and with full of contradiction and confusion of the DAN government.
He advised the ruling coalition government on the need to introspect on its past failures and improve on it so as to serve the people of Nagaland.
Hitting out at the Urban Development department, Tokheho said while there was development and change taking place in the state capital, it was lacking in other districts and asked the minister in-charge to also take care of towns in other districts.
On the School Education’s bogus teachers scam, he questioned the government on what it meant by categorizing teachers as- bogus, doubtful, genuine and absentee. He also demanded that government come out clearly on how the irregularities took place in the department. He also pointed out that the SIT had submitted its report while the special committee report recommended immediate suspension of four government officials till investigation was completed.
He also charged the government of diversion of the state’s coal allocation quota, which was sold to Punjab. He said the scam has brought a bad name to the people of Nagaland.
On NREGA, he said the Congress led -UPA government launched the NREGA to help the poorest of the poor, but in Nagaland, the funds provided by union government was being siphoned off by the DAN government.
Pointing out to the VRS scam in the industries and commerce department, Tokheho wondered when the CBI had already filed charge sheet, why the government was defending the wrong doer and not allowing prosecution sanction.
Congress member S.I. Jamir asked all the elected members to work together with one political vision to find a durable political settlement on the Naga political issue.
He also criticised the road shows as wasteful exercises. Hewoto Awomi,H. Chuba Chang, Joshua Sumi, T. Sentichuba, Tarie Zeliang, K.Hollohon and Langpha also took part in the debate.
Oppn advices CM
The opposition on the floor of the house Thursday, displayed a different outlook of being well prepared and went to the extent of advising the Chief Minister and leader of the house to ask his Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries to do their home work before attending the assembly session.
As the house assembled and resumed the business with the question hour, opposition leader Tokheho put Forest Minister M.C.Konyak on the dock over the controversial Singphan Forest hunting episode in which the minister was allegedly involved.
The matter was raised by Congress member Kheto while raising supplementary questions. In his reply, forest minister MC Konyak said he visited Singphan Wildlife sanctuary twice on December 16 last year and January 9 this year on official visit but strongly denied any involvement in illegal hunting.
He also denied having ever visited Lower Tiru and termed the allegations as a “totally wild allegation” to tarnish his image. The minister said the matter had been settled after the accusers had apologized to him before the Konyak Union.
Congress member Kheto alleged that a hunting group consisting of a Forest Ranger was supplied with ammunition and sent for hunting by the Forest Minister and thereby becoming a co-offender himself. The opposition bench demanded Konyak’s resignation after producing photographs and visuals which they claimed, were proof of their allegations.
Earlier, the forest minister MC Konyak in his written reply said four persons were apprehended and booked during 2009-10 violation of prohibition of hunting animal & birds in Singphan Wildlife Sanctuary.
The opposition also cornered School Education Minister Nyeiwang Konyak when he failed to satisfy them to a supplementary to a starred question on Mid Day Meal scheme.
The opposition asked whether state government was providing any financial assistant to VECs to transport food grains from DIS godown to the respective villages. Finding the reply unsatisfactory, the opposition advised the chief minister to ask his ministers to do their home work before attending the session.
He also stated that stockists lift food grains from FCI Godown Dimapur and deliver the same to the DIS godowns for onward distribution through VECs/WECs. While government of India allotted Rice, the state provided funds for Channa and Dal.
The opposition also cornered Parliamentary Secretary Horticulture, R Khing for allotting seven Horti-Link Road projects under his own constituency out of the total 18 such projects implemented during the last two years in the state. The opposition bench asked Khing whether he was serving only the welfare of his constituency or the state.

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