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NPF hits back at Cong
DIMAPUR, MAY 19 (NPN):
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Published on 20 May. 2010 12:17 AM IST
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Reacting to the comments made by the NPCC on the issue of state finances and other issues, the NPF has said that these clearly exhibited the Congress’ “mentality and lack of knowledge” about handling state finances and running the government despite having been in power for over a decade till 2003.
In a rejoinder, the NPF Press & Media Bureau said the Congress, by attacking the DAN on state finances, issue of employees and census operations should have realized the depth and consequences of its utterances that have exposed to the people about how it had mismanaged the affairs of the state when it was in power.
Reiterating that “truth must be exposed” to the people, the NPF cited some instances to buttress its stand.
Regarding the Congress stand that all salaries (except those under CSS) came under Non Plan, the NPF said this had plainly exhibited their “utter lack of knowledge of financial procedures and the nuances about the scheme of plan financing.”
It said that the gap between Non Plan receipts and Non Plan expenditures (including salaries) was reckoned while fixing the Plan size of any State by the Planning Commission. The expenditure for salaries under Non Plan, therefore, squarely impacted and affected the Plan size which ultimately affected the level of developmental activities of the State.
On the Congress party’s statement that the Planning Commission has limited the revenue expenditure to 35%, the NPF said when the Congress ran the government in the past years, it had faced various Finance Commissions and should have been aware that recommendations of such nature were not made by the Planning Commission but by the Finance Commission set up by the President of India. It said the recommendations of the Finance Commissions were binding and uniformly applied to all the States in the country without any bias or favor.
Further, the NPF that in fact, the DAN government’s efforts to bridge the gap in resources on account of salaries (including ROP) which was not taken into account by the 13th Finance Commission Award through negotiations with at the highest level of the prime minister of India, union finance minister and deputy chairman, Planning Commission of India, should be supported and appreciated by all.
The NPF asked the Congress, that if it stood for the welfare of the state employees, it should speak with the Centre where the party is in power, to make special dispensation instead of issuing press statements to the media. The NPF reminded that the Centre should honour its past commitment to meet administrative expenditure to the Nagas as contained in the constitutional provisions under Clause 11 of the 16-Point Agreement between the government of India and the Nagas.
Further, it said due to the disproportionate composition of employees versus the population that was a matter of extreme worry, the DAN Government has been talking about the grim realities of downsizing and scaling down of state government employees as per the recommendation of the 13th Finance Commission Award.
The NPF also pointed out that huge increase in number of state government employees was a cumulative result of actions by various governments in power since 1964 when the State had just 8311 employees.
It also claimed that the highest increase in the number of employees was in 1998 when the Congress was in power. On this, the NPF said the Congress instead, ought to introspect rather than accuse the DAN government.
The NPF urged that it was “ a time to put our heads together to resolve the issue with the Government of India rather than accuse and find fault with each other.”
In the same vein, the NPF said, politics aside, the welfare of State government employees was of paramount importance since the state government was the only major source of livelihood for the people.
The NPF also welcomed “in letter and in spirit” the appeal made by the Congress to the church to take the lead in upholding the truth and to provide a truthful Census.
NPF further stated that it was also in consonance with the resolutions adopted at the consultative meeting convened by the state government for a correct and truthful census 2011 with all legislators, civil societies, tribal hohos, ENPO, NSF, ENSF and church organizations on September 30, 2009 in which the Congress party was a signatory adopted then.

 
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