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NPF remarks on Therie flayed
Published on 8 May. 2010 1:14 AM IST
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Reacting to NPF statement against former finance minister K. Therie, the Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) today said that “emotional outburst” of NPF in the form of personal attack was a gross aberration from normal democratic practice that should be condemned by all.
Expressing surprise that NPF has no courage to take constructive criticisms to its stride and was determined to gag the voices of the people, the NPCC general secretary media incharge Vaprumu Demo, in a statement, said the content of NPF statement plainly showed who was “arrogant and frustrated.”
According to NPCC “personal attacks” on Therie were non-issues since he had projected on state’s financial health, which was an issue of great public importance.
Congress observed that calling K. Therie by many names was not going to change the facts and figures that stood undisputed.
“The NPF should not try to divert the public attention with non-issues,” it reminded, adding that they should act as a responsible political party in power and come out with facts and figures.
It also advised NPF to desist from commenting on internal party matters of the Congress.
The NPCC also reiterated that NPF-led DAN government should not use government officers as its “stooges or pressurize” them to issue political statements on their behalf.
It demanded that chief minister, who is also the finance minister, to explain the people of Nagaland which he refused for reasons best known to him and NPF.
The Congress also said that counter figures presented by addl. CS and FC could not be accepted in toto because there might be more “hidden figures”.
On the inconclusive meeting with PCI over annual plan outlay of Nagaland, for the current year, the Congress said the commission was not blind to the factual figures.
“The obvious reason was the huge negative balance of Rs. 570 crores that he had projected in the March ending vote-on-account budget,” it remarked.
The state congress said it was clear that negative balance figure had crossed PCI’s limit to bridge the gap.
Stating that by rule, it was union finance ministry which would decide the case on merit in such a situation, the NPCC said factors that had landed the State into financial mess would obviously constitute the merit for thorough examination and consideration before finalization of the State plan outlay.
Those factors, the state PCC said included outstanding loan of Rs. 4900 crores admitted by addl. C.S & FC, the negative balance of Rs. 570 crores projected by finance minister in March 2010 vote-on-account, Rs. 538 crores allegedly kept in Civil Deposit (CD). “These factual figures alone accounted for a total outstanding of Rs. 6008 crores,” it added,

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