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NPCC says DAN budget spells doom
Published on 1 Apr. 2010 12:14 AM IST
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Exercising a post-mortem of the sixth session of the eleventh Nagaland Legislative Assembly touching upon several important issues, the NPCC Wednesday said that the vote on account passed by the house on the budget presented by the state chief minister, Neiphiu Rio who also holds the finance portfolio, spelt “doom for the people of Nagaland.”
The NPCC said that the NPF-led DAN government which started with a zero deficit in April 2004 would now start with a negative balance of Rs. 597.70 and expected to end with a deficit of Rs. 597.91 crore at the end of July.
NPCC through its media cell chairman, Dr. K. Hoshi alleged that the DAN, during seven years of rule, on average had accrued a deficit of Rs. 85.41 crore per financial year. “This is a gift by the DAN government to the people of Nagaland,” the NPCC ridiculed.
While in other States, any responsible government attempted to scale down the deficit margin in every subsequent budget, the NPCC said it was the reverse in the case of NPF-led DAN government in Nagaland.
It said that the huge deficit could only mean that the chief minister who also holds the finance portfolio had either miserably failed in fiscal management or failed to check corruption in the form of embezzling public funds.
“A government that loves too much fun and pleasure as evident from lavish spending on road shows is bound to go bankrupt sooner than later,” the NPCC asserted.
It was pointed out that the House which passed the vote on account on March 26 amounting to Rs. 2067.26 crore for the first quarter of the financial year 2010 - 2011 was assumed at the current year’s level of the State Plan Outlay at Rs. 1500 crore.
6th ROP
On the implementation of the 6th ROP, the NPCC pointed out that the statements of the chief minister, Neiphiu Rio and chief secretary, Lalthara were contradictory.
The state Congress party recalled that the chief secretary’s argument was based on the effective date of implementation calculated from the decadal revision of pay scales as on 1-1-1996 and not 1990. It described as “a negation of Article 23 of the Constitution (Right against exploitation),” the chief secretary’s statement that government employees do not have any fundamental right to demand periodic revision of pay scales.
Contradicting Lalthara’s statement, the NPCC said, Rio in his reply to the starred question stated that the reason for not giving the benefit of 6th RoP to state government employees w.e.f. January 1, 2006 was “non-availability of additional resources required.” He further contradicted himself when he said “the State government had issued notification to implement new RoP w.e.f. April 1, 2010 but did not make any commitment when RoP would be implemented,” the NPCC said.
The Congress said Rio had, however, categorically stated that the “decision to implement Pay Revision entirely fell within the purview of state government….”
It said that a government that had “failed” to pay its employees due to “mindless over-spending should gracefully step-down before being humiliated by its own employees.”
Bogus teachers
Stating that the report submitted by the SIT on the bogus appointment of bogus teachers was not without flaw as was evident from clarification and declaration issued in the print media by affected individuals, the NPCC expressed surprise that the government decided to release the salaries of the doubtful (in the instant case likely meaning ‘suspicious’) group of teachers till further order.
It was pointed out that the SIT report did not specify on what basis the findings were categorized as bogus (fake), doubtful, absentees and genuine. The Congress said that the appointment orders should mean either genuine or bogus. It said that the government had failed to reply as to what category of teachers constituted “doubtful” and “absentees.”
NPCC said though Rio expressed regret that government servants constituted only 10% of the entire population, yet 70% of the funds coming from the Centre goes to them (government servants).
Even then, the DAN government has the audacity to pay employees of doubtful circumstances, the NPCC said.
The Congress party also said that the revelation by DUDA advisor, E. E. Pangteang of possible presence of ghost employees in other departments indicated that the systems of administration have “collapsed and a miserable show of governance.” It asserted that the State under DAN government was possibly heading for a ‘failed State.’
On corruption front, the NPCC said the NPF-led DAN government’s refusal to handover various corruption charges leveled by it to CBI for investigation demonstrated government’s lack of political will to check corruption
Taking note of the DAN government’s claim that it was capable of handling the cases of investigation into corruption charges and scams, the NPCC said not a single major scam had been investigated to its logical conclusion for action by the government.
DAN’s political vision
Regarding DAN’s statement that its political vision was clear and that it was ready to pave way in the event settlement comes, the Congress said that the path they (DAN) take was “directionless.”
The NPCC expressed reservation about DAN’s affirmation to continue to protect the culture, traditions and identity of the Naga as the cultural chauvinism would not result into something of reviving pagan culture and pagan worship, a serious threat to Christian ethos and belief. “The fear on this is not unfounded going by the undesirable activities observed in road shows,” the NPCC said.
The Congress slammed chief minister, Neiphiu Rio for harping on preserving Naga identity by a regional political party as wondered whether his statement meant that Nagas have identity crisis.
“His regional mantra definitely carried anti-national over-tone that negated Oath of office in which he had pledged allegiance to the Constitution of India. It reflects his intention to keep Nagas divided on political party line,” the NPCC said.
It also said the chief minister should indicate in what ways the NPF-led DAN government had promoted the Naga cause farther than the national political parties of the State. “His rhetoric to project the DAN government as the champion of Naga cause is just a gimmick,” the NPCC added.

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