Govt shifting blame to Raj Bhavan for July 7 memo procedural lapse: Shürhozelie

DIMAPUR, JUL 30 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/30/2020 12:16:50 PM IST

NPF president Dr Shürhozelie Liezietsu has termed the State government’s clarification on its July 7 directive by trying to shift the blame to governor’s June 24 letter while implementing its own decision as a very serious procedural lapse. 

Reacting to the government’s clarification on its July 7 memo that required all its employees to furnish information about their families and relatives in underground groups by giving self declaration, the former chief minister in a statement emphasised that the government alone was fully responsible for all its cabinet decisions. He said any government trying to shift blame to others for its own actions would be deemed irresponsible. 

And if a government became irresponsible, he pointed out that there were provisions for the constitutional head of a State to recommend the matter to the Central government for a decision, which implied he was suggesting President’s rule.

Mentioning that by trying to shift the blame to others for its own decision reflected the political decadence in the State, Liezietsu remarked that it was unfortunate that such action had gone into the record books of Nagaland’s parliamentary history. 

“This indeed is a clear departure from the normal track of a parliamentary system of governance,” he observed.  

He said it was very well understood that the government had received a reminder letter from the governor on June 24 regarding seeking details of family members and relatives of the employees in underground groups, which was then taken up by the State cabinet on July 3 under the chairmanship of chief minister and approved it. Thereafter, the chief Secretary had issued the official memo on July 7 in this regard.

Following, the sharp reaction of NSCN (I-M) on July 22, the government issued a clarification that claimed that the decision was taken at the behest of Raj Bhavan.

Pointing out that cabinet memoranda were normally prepared based on any urgent matter requiring the decision of the government or prepared based on any proposal or suggestion on public importance given by others, the NPF president explained that when a cabinet meeting is convened, these memoranda are put up for a decision.

Stating that all cabinet meetings were normally chaired by the chief minister, he further explained that any cabinet memorandum taken up required serious study of the subject matter by all cabinet ministers. After thorough deliberations, the cabinet gives its decision, which then becomes the government’s decision. 

Suggestions, proposals or memoranda could come from any quarter but the cabinet, which was the final authority, could either take up or reject them. If any of its decision did not fall in line with the wishes of certain sections of people, the cabinet still remained the final authority to either withdraw or revoke its own decision, he added.

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