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Disclose reply to GoI on DAA: NPCC
Published on 13 Nov. 2010 12:19 AM IST
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NPCC vice president Nillo Rengma has taken serious note on the statement made by chief secretary Lalthara for making a political statement on behalf of the DAN government. It may be recalled that Lalthara, while reacting to the NPCC which opined that the state cabinet had okayed the extension of the Disturbed Areas Act and AFSPA in Nagaland, had dismissed the statement as “wild allegations”. Lalthara had said the state government in its reply to the government of India’s query over the extension of Disturbed Area Act (DAA) in Nagaland had said it was not necessary. Nillo has demanded the full content of the government’s reply to be made public. Further, he said there was no reason as to why the DAN government would be afraid to clarify its position if the state cabinet had not endorsed it (extension of DAA) but “if that was the case, the DAN government should step down in protest.” He reminded the chief secretary that the NPCC had not “made a sudden wild allegations” against the state government on DAA issue but asserted that the facts were based on conventional practice in governance. The NPCC also criticized the chief secretary for earlier defending the home minister who was detained in Nepal with cash, by “lying to the Nagas that we are still ignorant of using credit card.” The NPCC said it has taken serious note of an “unbecoming action” of civil servants making political statements on behalf of the DAN government. He said the DAN government has been in the habit of making civil servants issue political statements on its behalf. He further cautioned civil servants against setting bad precedence by succumbing to political pressure and advised them to maintain administrative decorum and desist from taking political roles. Nillo also appealed to the governor, who is the executive head of the state to restrain the “vulnerable civil servants”.

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