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Cong asks Kuzholuzo to resign
Published on 11 Jun. 2010 12:03 AM IST
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The Congress has demanded the resignation of Kuzholuzo Neinu, minister for health & family welfare on “moral ground” or that the chief minister drop him from the council of ministers for having purportedly admitted in public, that he was totally ignorant about the activities of his own department.
It may be recalled, that the minister had recently said during a workshop, that he was unaware of how much funds was available for HIV and AIDS programmes in the state.
NPCC general secretary Aheto V.Yeptho asked how a minister could state that he was unaware of the actual utilization of funds for HIV and AIDS programmes, when “he is supposed to be at the helm of affairs” adding, “he is obligated to know.” Taking a dig at the minister who has been described as “the workaholic award winner” and “media-savvy”, Aheto said it was “unbecoming of a person” of Kuzholuzo’s stature to “say he was misquoted” and that the apology tendered on his behalf by a second person “was not fair enough.”
Further Aheto said Kuzholuzo’s continuance in office would “impede the effective implementation of the programme” due to his ignorance. He asserted that the minister has “shamed the people of Nagaland for washing his dirty linen in public” and also lost the moral right to continue in office as well as lost the confidence of the major stakeholders- the NGOs.
Further, Aheto asked whether the minister was also unaware that HIV and AIDS programmes are implemented as joint Public-Public-Partnership venture.
He reminded the minister that HIV and AIDS “is primarily a ‘control programme’ (as the name suggests) in which prevention is the major component.”
Aheto alluded Kuzholuzo’s recent remarks over being ignorant of funds for the programmes, to being “unhappy with NSACS for not channelising the funds through him, unlike in NRHM, where he could lay free hands.”
He asked if there had been no monitoring mechanism for funds flow and ultilisation, be it NSACS or Legislators Forum on HIV and AIDS (LFA) “what was he (minister) doing during the last two years and four months?”
Aheto also termed it as “uncalled for” the minister’s assumption that Nagaland’s population could hardly be 12 or 13 lakhs, while the official census in 2001 was 20 lakh. Stating that it was inappropriate to comment “purely on assumption” Aheto demanded that the minister know that the 2001 census was “officially rejected” and “ now a dead document.”

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