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ENPO demand: Therie slams DAN
Dimapur, Jan 3 (NPN):
Published on 4 Jan. 2011 12:16 AM IST
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Former finance minister in the first DAN coalition K. Therie has described the demand for ‘Frontier Nagaland’ by the Eastern Nagaland People’s Organisation (ENPO) as a “heartbreaking news” and a “no trust vote against the DAN government.”
In a lengthy statement, Therie said the news “has stabbed the hearts of fathers and mothers of Nagaland” , that could render the sacrifices of “hundreds of thousands of lives” for Nagaland “meaningless.”
Therie also concurred with an earlier statement of the NPCC, that the ENPO demand based on justice for the people of the four districts, was “a legitimate demand”
He maintained, that over and above other issues, three needed to be addressed immediately such as-political, economic and implementation of job reservation.
Political: Stating that whatever might be, the question was “above political party lines” and therefore, held the government of the day(DAN) as responsible. He said the demand of the ENPO was “ a No Trust Motion against the DAN government” and not only against the Leader of the House(CM) but also against the ruling MLAs, especially sitting MLAs representing the four districts under ENPO.
Therie pointed out that from the beginning, he had cautioned the DAN government not to ignore the feelings of the Tuensang and Mon People’s Organisation(TMPO, which later became ENPO), over its resolution to the people of Nagaland and the government of the day, that they desired “unity first and then solution”.
Therie said he had echoed this sentiment of the TMPO at various meetings and therefore urged the DAN government to “secure a negotiated settlement to the Indo-Naga political problem” as promised in the 2003 election manifesto of the DAN. Therei said when he pressed for a settlement, “my friend Neiphiu Rio chose to throw me out from the DAN to be free to pursue his policy to facilitate and support the ongoing process.”
He said Rio’s policy as facilitator “is responsible for failure of the 13 years of talks” and also responsible for “distancing ENPO and other factions.”
Further, he said Rio’s policy was also responsible for “earning bitter relations with neighbor states”. He also criticized the Naga Hoho, NPMHR, Naga Mothers Association and NSF for ignoring the sentiments of ENPO and dissociating and functioning without it as they were “lured by materials of comfort and toeing the line of the DAN govt.”.
Therie urged every responsible citizen to seriously consider whether NGOs should function without ENPO anymore and whether the DAN government should continue “ to ignore the resolution of ENPO.”
He asked if the DAN government can amend its ways and win back the confidence of the eastern Nagas and whether ENPO could repose confidence on the DAN government or “should the DAN government be sacrificed for unity?”
Economic Exploitation: Therie said while DAN established Development of Under Developed Areas (DUDA) for the four districts with state and CSS funds, yet contracts and benefits “are taken by contractors qualified according to the chief minister” with rules framed to “disqualify others.” He said workmanship of works were questionable while most were “incomplete”.
Therie said economic exploitation by the “chief minister and his henchmen” was taking place not only in ENPO districts but with all communities in the state. He demanded that economic exploitation and corruption of poor people’s shares in MGNREGA, PDS, health card and welfare schemes should stop.
Job Reservation: Therie said while the DAN government acceded to the demand of the ENSF for 25% job reservation; it created discrimination against other backward tribes. He opined that unless the system was changed to monitor vacancies, the method of selection, manipulation and discrimination would continue.
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