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NPF should stop diverting public attention: NPCC
Published on 7 Apr. 2011 12:57 AM IST
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Hitting back at the NPF’s response to its earlier statement, the NPCC Wednesday accused the NPF of being in the habit of diverting from the core issues by preaching “procedural sermon” as if they knew everything and opposition did not know anything.
“The media bureau of NPF had reacted with mere assembly proceedings and cunningly avoided facts and figures,” said NPCC vice president Nillo Rengma, in a statement.
Asserting that NPF’s statement only proved who was indulging in rhetoric, the NPCC vice president said NPF, as a responsible party in power, should not focus on personal attacks and stop diverting public attention on important issues.
Nillo said Congress as a mature national political party, would not allow itself to be drifted away from matters of public importance by “vague self-righteous statements.”
“How could the NPF claim that the budget tabled in the assembly was a full budget when even the mandatory sectoral allocation was not tabled; no plan money was released except the Local Area Development Fund (LADF) and all government funds are kept in Civil Deposit (CD) account of the Govt.?” Nillo asked.
He said NPF’s claim that full budget was taken up to ensure that development works continued smoothly without any delays was a “naked lie” because without approving works programme of various departments no development works could be started.
On NPF’s assertion that business advisory committee (BAC) of the assembly had approved presentation of the full budget on the advice of the Planning Commission of India (PCI), the NPCC vice president said it was a “lame excuse to cover its failure to furnish utilization certificate.”
Nillo said that chief minister failed to table CAG report for the year ended March 2009-10 in the assembly on the day the budget was tabled as was the convention because of which, the members of the house did not get the opportunity to discuss on the CAG report. “The attempt was clearly to cover up its many corrupt charges exposed by the CAG,” alleged Nillo.
Further, taking on DAN government’s contention that High Powered Committees (HPC) was constituted to look into the points (irregularities) raised by CAG, the NPCC said it was another attempt to hush up the matter and give “clean chits to the culprits” . He said as per convention, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) was the only authentic body to look into the matters of irregularities pointed out by the CAG report.
On NPF’s claim that there was no “intentional hold ups” of any pension payments to retired employees, the NPCC asked: “how could the NPF claim that there was no delay when the retired employees have been waiting for the past 18 months since 1st November 2009?”
The NPCC said the DAN government cannot not wash off its hands on delay of the documentations because proper maintenance of records for retired employees, especially the non-self drawing employees was largely the job of the departments.
“The delay is obviously intentional to ease the government from huge financial burden,” Nillo said. He added that the NPF should not be satisfied that already 700 pension cases have been cleared when majority of the retired employees “are languishing in poverty”.
Further, taking on NPF’s statement that Congress was jealous of DAN’s cordial relationship with the Centre, Nillo said “the NPF’s marriage to the UPA government in Delhi is for dowry only.”
He maintained that NPF’s support was voluntary because UPA had not sought their support. Nillo asserted that after last parliamentary election result was declared May 16, 2009 and the UPA was voted back to power, the NPF-led DAN had a closed door meeting on the same day. He said on May 17, the chief minister air-dashed to Delhi to voluntarily extend its MP’s support to UPA after “forcing two BJP legislators to join NPF to show its end of marriage with the NDA,” he said.
Nillo also stated that chief minister and NPF president admitted in public that extending support to UPA was “important for judicious funding.”
Maintaining that Congress was a national political party and had nothing in common with a regional party like NPF, Nillo said, “therefore, the NPF’s claim of DAN having a cordial relationship with the Centre and the media cell being jealous of it was stupid absurdity.”
Taking a dig at the NPF, he said the UPA noticed the existence of NPF MP in Parliament during Indo-US nuclear trust vote but NPF MP voted against it. “Thereafter, the NPF MP had gone into oblivion again, the presence of which is not felt by UPA,” he said.
Underlining that “cordial relationship” can not be one-sided, the NPCC vice president said NPF should have a “sense of shame”, which he said was a “typical attribute in Naga society.”

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