Nagaland govt unable to tackle pandemic: NPF

DIMAPUR, APR 21 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/21/2020 12:08:17 PM IST

Naga People’s Front (NPF) has once again questioned the state government’s handling of the present pandemic and claimed that loopholes in its action towards tackling the pandemic was being discovered almost every day.

NPF through its press bureau said that the government was unable to deliver as per the desire and expectations of the people despite cooperation by the general public. 

Unlike other days, NPF said there were sufficient funds both from the Centre as well as through the generous donations of various individuals and organisations. However, it said that the state government was “unable to tackle the pandemic effectively.” 

Alleging that the state government has proven its “incompetency” in many ways to tackle the present pandemic, the NPF maintained that the longer the present government hold on the reigns, the more problem it would be for the general public.

Further, NPF said that though national lockdown officially started only on March 20, 2020, the warning bell of coronavirus was ringing as early as the first week of March 2020. The opposition party, therefore, said that state government ought to have geared up all its machineries well ahead of time to face the situation. 

NPF said that even after a lapse of so many days and weeks the state government was still under preparation stage and nothing was ready on the ground, it added should prick their conscience and step down on moral ground. 

Stating that lockdown was nearing almost 30 days now, the NPF said it was only on April 20, 2020 that the state government had announced some incentives/ex-gratia for the frontline workers of COVID-19 pandemic, which described was “too late too little”. “Had there been any casualty amongst the frontline workers prior to this announcement what would have been the reaction of the government? NPF questioned. 

Opposition NPF said that almost all the state governments have taken such measures/steps long before the lockdown or right after the lockdown was announced. However, it stated that the PDA government was taking the step only when the lockdown was about to be over. That too, NPF said the amount indicated for the professionals/working person and the students was too meagre especially for those people who were stranded outside the state.

Stating that other states have either announced ex gratia or incentives to all government accredited journalists as they were also in the frontline, NPF, however, said the state government did not announce any ex gratia or incentive for media personnel in Nagaland. 

NPF pointed out that media plays an important role during the time of crisis particularly at the time of pandemic they were considered as frontline workers.

While performing their duties, NPF said the media should also be given a well equipped protective gear.

The opposition also pointed out earlier “lack of co-ordination” amongst various departments in managing the affairs of the present pandemic. It said the “highhandedness” of the police on duty was surfacing almost every day. “This clearly indicates lack of coordination within the government which evidently reflects the incompetency of the government,” NPF said.

NPF said with all those incidences coupled with poor PPE kits the question was whether the frontline workers especially the medical fraternity would give their best to perform their duties diligently?

Meanwhile, the opposition party has demanded that the government reveal the present status of the person from Dimapur who was tested positive in Guwahati and steps taken for the safety of the citizens of Nagaland.


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