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CMO responds to CLP
Published on 15 Feb. 2011 1:30 AM IST
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Responding to the Congress Legislature Party over a statement purportedly made by the chief minister Neiphiu Rio with regard to financial position of the state made during an interaction with media persons following the fire at the CM’s residence on February 8, the chief minister office (CMO) today clarified that chief minister at no point of time, blamed the centre for the fire incident.
The CMO press communiqué, said the chief minister rather expressed hope that central government would understand the plight of special category states like Nagaland and take appropriate measures to provide resources to address the needs of the states.
Terming CLP’s statement, which appeared in local dailies February 12, as “misplaced allegation”, it pointed out that Rio while addressing the media fraternity after the fire incident had said that most of the residences of VIPs were in poor condition but state government was not in a position to renovate or undertake new constructions due to lack of resources. The communiqué stated that chief minister had, in reply to queries by the press, only expressed hope that centre would understand the problems and requirements of the state.
The CMO said the chief minister held the view that it would be unfair to utilise available funds for renovation or construction of new houses but rather use funds for welfare programmes, especially for the rural sections. Further it said the chief minister informed that construction of new chief minister’s complex at New Secretariat in Kohima, supposed to include State Banquet Hall, residences of other ministers and VIPs and housing for subsidiary officers and support staff, was stopped due to lack of resources.
The CMO said the chief minister had been emphasising that it is necessary for the Centre to also take up modernization of administration on the same lines of modernization of police in order to upgrade facilities of the administration like housing and accommodation, office infrastructure, etc. This, it said was since administration and police go together hand in hand and were inseperable.
Regarding financial matters and fiscal management, the CM’s secretariat said facts and figures would be furnished to the public by the finance department. The CLP had earlier pointed out that when the governor’s two-storeyed residential bungalow could be completed with `6.5 crores, construction of CM’s official residential complex involving over `40 crores at the cost of the common man’s meager budget made no sense.

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