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Hohos support NH-61 bandh call
Published on 17 Aug. 2010 12:56 AM IST
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Kyong Hoho and Rengma Hoho have come out openly in support of the proposed 36-hour bandh along NH-61 called by Rengma and Lotha government registered class 1 contractors.
The contractors of two communities on August 14 last declared to impose bandh along NH-61 from 6 a.m. of Aug 17 to 6 p.m. of Aug 18, within its jurisdictions, in protest against government’s failure to respond to its demands.
In a joint press statement issued Monday, the Kyong Hoho chairman Yansathung Jamim, general secretary Micheal Yanthan and Rengma Hoho president Kegwanye Lorin and joint secretary Sotilo Tep said that earlier widening works on NH-61 was allotted to local contractors as per NPWD criteria but when it reached Rengma and Kyong region the tender was floated on global bidding system.
Further, while observing that such bidding system was a “direct deprivation and discrimination” against local contractors, the Hohos claimed National Highway Authority of India had directly enforced their guidelines on NH-61.
“However the last Nagaland legislative assembly resolution on the special provision in respect of the state of Nagaland on article 371 (A) states that this special provision shall apply to the state of Nagaland and a resolution to this effect has already been made,” the signatories said, and queried whether it would not be another discrimination on the part of earlier NLA resolution on the special provision.
With regard to this, the hohos urged state government, particularly the department responsible, to promptly address the demand made by the local contractors. It also requested the department to keep the opening of tender papers in abeyance till demands fulfilled so as to avoid any untoward incident.
NGRC – 1 CU appeals
Asserting that it cannot remain a “silent spectator” if the state government awarded contract works to non-locals ignoring the qualified local contractors, the Nagaland Government Registered Class 1 Contractors’ Union (NGRC – 1 CU) encouraged the contractors of Tseminyu and Wokha to fight for the rights of the Nagas but appealed them not to enforce bandh or blocking National Highways as it might cause immense inconvenience to the public.
The contractors regretted that several works were being awarded to non-local contractors depriving the local contractors in violation of tender procedure and norms provided under NPWD code which stated: “to encourage the local people of the state to take up contract works preference is to be given to the local contractors (Nagas).”
With regard to the work widening to 2-lane along NH – 61, the NGRC – 1 CU said the chief engineer PWD (NH) Nagaland had submitted the DPR to the ministry of road transport and highways, New Delhi in 3 DPRs (10km + 10km + 12km) amounting to Rs 133.34 crore in total but that the ministry concerned had sanctioned for 31.400 km length at one go. The union said it would not welcome the works being awarded to non-local contractors and asked the government to award it to qualified local (Naga) contractors.

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