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NPCC demands facts on finance be made public
Published on 27 Feb. 2011 12:42 AM IST
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Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) has described the clarification issued by additional chief secretary to chief minister Toshi Aier on state finance, construction of the chief minister’s residence, retirement benefits and LDA exams as “more political than administrative.”
NPCC president S.I.Jamir in a statement Saturday pointed that it was “not the first time that a government of his stature and position had failed to understand the extent of his brief and issued political statement on behalf of the DAN government.”
Regarding the cost estimate for construction of the new chief minister’s official residence (which was estimated at Rs.40 cr) Sungit said if the cost , as claimed by the ACS was “only one third of Raj Bhavan”, then the total cost involved in the construction of Raj Bhavan should be made public.
The NPCC also demanded that the DAN government disclose the total estimated cost of the chief minister’s residence which includes the residential office and the guest house.
On the difference in figure on state’s negative BCR between the CLP earlier statement and the clarification by the ACS, the NPCC said it did not make any difference whether the figure was Rs.781.89 crore or Rs.770.15 crore as the discrepancy was Rs.11.74 crore. Sungit maintained that the NPCC stood by the figure of the CLP which he said was the “latest figure quoted from a reliable source.”
Regarding the loan component, Sungit said figure of Rs. 8093.62 was provided by none other than additional chief secretary to CM himself in a letter dated July 2, 2010 to secretary NLA secretariat in reply to starred question No. 5 (raised by leader of opposition Tokheho) of the 3rd session of the 10th assembly and of the 6th session of the 11th assembly answered March 12, 2009 and March 25, 2010 respectively.
“It was furnished in his reply that, out of a total Rs. 150552.03 lakh borrowed up to March 31, 2010, Rs. 69625.99 lakh only was repaid,” S.I Jamir said, and pointed that the net balance shown stood at Rs. 80936.29 lakh (Rs. 8093.62 crores).
He reminded that while total borrowing figure cumulative from the inception of the State (1963) stood at Rs. 1,50,552.03 lakh, the total between 2003 – 04 to 2009 – 10 was a staggering Rs. 1,03,524.50 indicating that more than two-thirds of the borrowing from 1963 to 2010 was by the DAN government.
Giving the figure for public, the NPCC said net borrowing ceiling for the state as permitted by centre was Rs. 270 crore for 2010 – 11 and Rs. 412 crore for 2011 – 12.
“The DAN government had obviously sought permission to borrow more as the question of granting permission would not arise unless sought for,” he said. Further, he pointed out that “at this rate,” the only achievement DAN government could claim was “landing the State into huge debt trap.”
Sungit said the centre has been liberally releasing special plan assistance (SPA) to the state to cover gaps in financial resources to meet the objectives of annual plans.
However, he alleged that the addl. chief secretary to CM had tried to mislead the public by saying that out of Rs. 500 cr. sought by the state government to meet the annual plan 2010 – 11, the centre had released Rs. 223.36 cr. only January 16, 2011 while, Rs. 276.64 cr. was yet to be released.
“Irrespective of whether a state is a special category state or not, the release of SPA is based on its proper utilization and not as a matter of constitutional obligation by the union government,” he said while reminding that wealth of the country was not something to be thrown at those who shout louder.
Further, reacting to the clarification by the ACS to CM on retirement of government employees affected by Retirement Act,wherein he purportedly alleged that figures were inflated, the NPCC quoting its “reliable source” said total number of retired employees up-to-date in education department alone accounted for 1100 approximately.
“Therefore, the figures of 7000 plus being affected could not be far from truth,” the NPCC said.
However, the NPCC contended if the figures projected by CLP were inflated as alleged, the DAN government ought to come out clearly with up-to-date figures at the earliest to remove all misgivings and to prove its “tall claim” on transparency.
Underlining on alleged non-payment of monetary benefits to the retired employees, the NPCC said plight of the affected people itself bore the testimony.

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