COVID-19 crisis proves state govt lost its moorings: NPCC

DIMAPUR, APR 16 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/16/2020 12:30:50 PM IST

Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) said the nationwide lockdown to control spread of COVID-19 has exposed that the State government had lost its moorings and the Naga society was driven more by emotions rather than reasoning.

NPCC in a press release termed the alleged attempt by some civil society organisations (CSOs) to dictate the state government in matters of administration and maintenance of law & order as ridiculous unless the government had outsourced its duties and responsibilities to them. 

It alleged that chief minister Neiphiu Rio’s policy of including CSOs and NGOs as part of decision-making process since 2003 had put certain organisations on a high pedestal to the extent they were unable to scale down and respect the rule of law. 

“In a nutshell, Rio should either rein in those elements or step down to protect the dignity of the chair he occupies,” the release demanded.

NPCC said the gag order issued by chief secretary Temjen Toy on government employees from airing their views was another regressive step to cover up “miserable failures” of the government. 

The act of highlighting inadequacies of PPE, critical medical equipment, poor working conditions and receiving backlash from a section of insensitive society out of ignorance did not amount to violating good order and discipline. 

At times like these, the government should be quick enough to address concerns raised and not shoot the messenger, it emphasised.

Appealing to the people of Nagaland to stay calm and avoid getting into vigilante mode as this could spell disaster for entire population, the party said the recent instances of doctors, nurses and other staffs of a reputed Dimapur-based hospital being ostracized by their landlords, neighbours and colony councils after one patient tested positive was “unfortunate”. 

It condemned the irresponsible behaviour being shown to healthcare workers by some ill-informed sections of the society.

It also requested the people to take care of stranded people from other States “who are suffering in our midst”. 

“Our own children who are outside the state as students and workers are being taken care of in mainland cities by those people who have been showing exemplary sacrifice and service when we put out a request to them,” the release added.

According to NPCC, the failure of the State Government govt in these times of crisis was an opportunity for all citizens to think on how and where things had gone wrong. It also presented an opportunity to rise above narrow thinking that dominates every tribal society and herald the dawn of a new era by jointly putting efforts to sustain “our people” in the face of threats from pandemic, hunger and job losses, the party exhorted.



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