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DAN’s inability on RoP a shame:Cong
Published on 25 May. 2010 1:39 AM IST
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Describing as “few reasons” and only the “tip of ice-berg,” CLP leader Tokheho Yepthomi has pointed out several points which he said had led the state into “debt trap” rendering it unworkable to implement the 6th ROP from January 1, 2006 as demanded by the government employees.
Tokheho said that the failure on the part of the NPF-led DAN government to implement the 6th ROP was not only a shame to the state but also an insult to the state’s employees. This, he said, was because the 12 junior states that attained statehood much later than Nagaland had already implemented the 6th ROP in toto or at least, given the political decision to implement it.
Tokheho pointed out that though the DAN government gave the reason for non-implementation as due to non-availability of resources, yet the DAN government had fallen short of explaining as to what caused non-availability of funds.
He reminded that in 2004, the government of India granted Rs. 365 crores as peace bonus to the state to write off the outstanding deficit making it possible for the NPF-led DAN government to start with zero deficit. For the first time in the history of Nagaland a surplus budget of Rs. 18 crores was presented in March 2004, he stated. The CLP leader, however, said that within a span of 7 years with DAN government in the helm of power, the state’s outstanding deficit was more than Rs. 800 crores and the market borrowing had exceeded Rs. 6000 crores.
He also pointed out that it was for the first time in the history of Nagaland that the state’s annual plan could not be finalized due to financial “mis-management” which had created huge Balance Credit Revenue (BCR) gap.
Tokheho claimed that the NPF-led DAN government with an aim purely to gain political mileage had created 5 IRB battalions during the past seven years of its rule. He said that the present government created 3 new districts, upgraded 4 SDO posts to that of ADC, upgraded 9 EAC posts to that of SDO (C) and created 14 new EAC headquarters. Tokheho asserted that all these were done without taking financial implications into account due to which infrastructure has not been provided to these establishments and also officers not been posted in almost all the newly and upgraded administrative centres.
Further, he reminded that in 2009, the government refused to accept Rs. 400 crores offered as advance plan assistance by government of India for implementation of 6th RoP, for reasons best known to the government.
Citing these “few reasons” as the cause of the state being in “debt trap,” Tokheho said the only explanation for non-availability of resources was “gross financial mis-management and rampant corruption.”
He asserted that the DAN government’s lack of political will to implement the 6th RoP was visible from the chief minister’s “arrogant” statement to the employees to go to court or resign. Tokheho saw no reason as to why the state employees should be deprived of their due shares when all other States in India had implemented or decided to implement it. “Nagaland State should not be made an exception,” he added.
Given the situation, the CLP leader said, if the government of the day cannot fulfill the “genuinely human demands” of its own employees, it has lost its moral right to continue and should own moral responsibility for the collapsed government machinery on account of CANSSEA’s mass casual leave and relinquish the public office.
Tokheho also termed the NPF-led DAN government’s affidavit in the Supreme Court against the state’s employees as “uncalled for” wherein the employees affected by superannuation were described as “useless, corrupt and redundant like dead-wood” implying that their services were no longer needed.
Further, the CLP leader demanded that the DAN government explain the discrepancy in revenue collection by the power department during the financial year 2008 – 09 and 2009 – 10. it was pointed out that while revenue collection in 2008 – 09 was Rs. 111 crores, it was Rs. 73 crores only in 2009 – 10 despite the fact that power consumption during this period was more. He said the government should explain as to the cause of less revenue collection to the tune of Rs. 38 crores (111 – 73) in 2009 – 10.

Tokheho observed that in Nagaland, other CSS schemes like the road projects implemented under PMGSY and other schemes, the irrigation channels implemented under small and medium irrigation programs, the side drains implemented in urban development under small and medium town development schemes were all displayed as being implemented under MGNREGS 2008 – 09 and 2009 – 10. He said it was detected that in many blocks payments for 2008 – 09 and 2009 – 2010, money was drawn by the Program Officers/BDOs and not directly by the Employment Guarantee Assistants/VDB Secretaries. Tokheho said when these lapses were investigated, the only way was to go to the job card holders and ask from them as to how many man-days they were paid during these periods.

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