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NPF responds to Tokheho
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, MAY 27 (NPN):
Published on 28 May. 2010 12:54 AM IST
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Reacting to what it termed as “misleading statements” of CLP leader Tokheho on various issues including implementation of the 6th RoP, the NPF press bureau asserted that the factual position had been amplified by the finance department which explained the stand of the state government along with the “exact financial position of the state”
The NPF countered that those who were with the DAN but now in the Congress “should be privy to the details” of the utilization of the Rs.365 crore sanctioned by the government of India to Nagaland in 2003.
Clarifying on Tokheho’s statement regarding establishment of new administrative headquarters and upgradation of existing posts, the NPF said he ought to be aware that these were in response to people’s demands which were recommended through district administrations and forwarded through the commissioner and implemented as per laid down norms. It said the objective of such policy decisions was to take the administration to the doorsteps of the grassroots and implement effective governance in the backward areas of the state.
It said the establishment of three new districts of Longleng, Kiphire and Peren and other administrative headquarters were made on the basis of decades of people’s legitimate demand and “also to alleviate their economic backwardness”.
On the allegations that the chief minister had spoken out against government employees, the NPF press bureau said opposition leader Tokheho had “falsely charged the chief minister” by taking the latter’s statement out of context.
The NPF clarified that the chief minister had only expressed concern over the huge number of employees who turned the state into “ a salary based economy and a consumer society”.
While expressing due respect to the government employees, the NPF clarified that since government employees were drawing salaries yet poor in attendance; such a situation had “adversely impacted into a poor work culture of the state” .
The NPF reiterated that it was only in this context, that the chief minister advised employees seeking to “be prosperous” to leave the service and take up entrepreneurship and private enterprise so as to achieve success and make the state prosperous and a producing society. The NPF stated the chief minister had pointed out that since Nagas were “progressive, hard working with a certain pride” and if they combined these with a work culture while taking up entrepreneurship and private enterprise, the performance and output would be “very significant”.
The NPF went on to state that the chief minister had been reiterating that Nagas should break free from the “salary economy” by inculcating pride in their culture with dignity of labour by taking up private initiatives .The chief minister had said that such initiatives would bring prosperity to people, it added.
Towards this endeavour, the state government had decided to dedicate 2010 as the “Year of Entreprenuership”, it added
Further, the NPF said the chief minister had made several appeals to the government employees to negotiate with the government so as to sort out all issues before resorting to the final step of taking the matter to court.
The NPF press bureau also asserted that the chief minister had said that “agitation and confrontation is harmful for the state as the common people are made to suffer in the long run”.
The NPF affirmed that the state was in safe hands under the DAN government which was “doing extremely well”. It therefore said the demand of the leader of the opposition Tokheho that Dan should relinquish office “is rejected as it is without any basis.”
NPF slams
striking employees
Naga People’s Front Thursday said it was unfortunate to observe recent statements made by government servants on government’s policies and programmes, like road shows etc.
Terming it as “unbecoming of government servants”, a statement issued by NPF press and media bureau said government enjoyed people’s mandate which was given on the basis of its manifesto, and alleged that government employees were behaving like “an opposition in complete contravention” of conduct of service rules.
Reacting to the agitation of government employees, the NPF said as per government’s calculation, the approximate amount of daily salary expenditure of the state government was about Rs.5.75 crore, and if 50% of total employees failed to report to duty for one day, the net loss of public funds would be around Rs.2.87 crore.
It also appealed to the government employees to come to “negotiating table” and address pending issues rather than taking up confrontationist approach.
Meanwhile, the NPF appreciated section of departments that did not participate in the agitation, but discharged duties in the interest of the public.

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