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NGRC slams corruption in govt.
Correspondent KOHIMA, MAY 25 (NPN):
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Published on 26 May. 2010 12:23 AM IST
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Nagaland Government Registered Class-I Contractors’ Union has urged the state government against bypassing and ‘bulldozing’ the rights of qualified indigenous local contractors of the Eastern Nagas in particular and the indigenous local Naga contractors in general while allocating the work for construction of Longding-Nokyan road under NEC 11th plan New scheme.
According toe NGRC-ICU president K.C.Angami , general secretary Pukhato Shoh and Advisor Kezhakhoto Savi , the Nagaland Public Works Department code clearly spelt out that preference for works be given to indigenous local contractors over non-indigenous contractors. However, the signatories lamented that the state government and the decision makers had give a go by to the clauses. They made the appeal in response to a letter from the ENPO to take up the issue, it was stated.
The signatories said bidding for the new scheme was under consideration and it was feared that the government’s decision makers would continue with the same ‘divisive tactics’ that went against the Union’s stand including the aspirations of the indigenous people of the region.
They said corruption, being high on the agenda of the government including government servants or people were responsible for the present state of affairs.
The NGRC-IRC further stated that local entrepreneurs entering the contract work field can never hope to succeed through merit and hard work since these qualities are not recognized by the government. They said the current practice was “lucrative underpayment, practice of lawlessness, hook and crook and bogus works” which are being recognized as excellence.
They alleged that politicians, bureaucrats and technocrats whose motive to award works to “non indigenous local contractors” in the past are well known by everyone as their interest was not to build up the younger generation but their own interests to “sustain their highly questionable and immoral lifestyles”. The signatories said despite accruing monetary benefits from the state’s exchequer, these elements endlessly scheme to squeeze maximum benefits from the profits of contractors and suppliers bills through endless deduction.
Further, the union also lashed out against past leaders who had indulged in corruption but today point fingers at others to win power and resort to these “destructive practices” again.
Further , they said despite having legalized blatant corruption from “ top to the very bottom”, such leaders and their staff still lecture on citizens about quality work, speedy progress, efficiency and professionalism, when they scheme and harass entrepreneurs to hoard and loot money meant for public dispensation.
The union appealed the Naga citizens including its own union members to refrain from the “hypocritical system and divisive tactics” indulged by the government machinery, so that there could be hope for betterment of society.

 
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