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NPCC counter charges NPF
DIMAPUR, May 20 (NPN):
Published on 21 May. 2010 12:55 AM IST
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Terming the rejoinder of NPF against its statement as “procedural sermon at length,” the Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) today said NPF has once again failed to counter the facts and figures as furnished by it, and that the party has instead attempted to divert public attention from core issue of fiscal mismanagement.
Insisting that NPF should explain why 13th finance commission award could not take into account the salaries, including the 6th RoP, the NPCC general secretary and media cell member Mughato Achumi, in a press rejoinder, said “admission” clearly indicated that NPF-led DAN government had failed to project the requirement to the finance commission.
State PCC said it was pity that NPF had asked the Congress to plead from Centre on its behalf to mobilize additional resources to meet the requirements for implementation of 6th RoP.
Reminding the NPF that two MPs of NPF party, who are extending outside support, were also part of UPA, the State Congress said: “Hence, instead of passing the buck on the NPCC it should ask its party MPs to speak to the Centre.”
It also stated that if NPF-led DAN government could not convince the Centre, then should step down owning moral responsibility, and pave the way for an alternative government to rescue the State from the “debt trap.”
The NPCC also articulated that just because state’s plan outlay could not be finalized as demanded by DAN government, it did not mean Centre had dishonoured the commitment as contained in clause 11 of 16-point agreement.
“The NPF should know that the reason behind the failure to finalize it was the wide outstanding gap created by the NPF-led DAN government due to fiscal mismanagement,” the NPCC said.
Appreciating NPF’s admission that Congress government, during 1998, had offered maximum employment, the NPCC, however, said NPF should admit too that because despite increase in number of employees, the Congress government could pay the employees their salaries and successfully implemented the 5th RoP.
Accusing NPF-led DAN government of creating prevailing “financial crisis” in the state, the Congress said NPF urging it to shoulder responsibility together was “ridiculous.”
“It is surprising to note that, while the NPF-led DAN government laments on the lack of resources to implement the 6th RoP, its Ministers and MLAs continue to buy estates and construct palatial buildings,” it said, adding that it was “absurd” to talk about welfare of the people and employees when they continue to serve their selfish interests at the cost of the public.

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