NDPP slams NPF for ‘personalised attacks’ on CM

DIMAPUR, MAY 21 (NPN) | Publish Date: 5/21/2020 12:24:36 PM IST

Major PDA coalition partner NDPP has slammed NPF for exploiting the prevailing situation caused by COVID-19 pandemic in launching “personalised attacks” on chief minister Neiphiu Rio.

NDPP also said it was unfortunate that NPF had also dragged local media houses by accusing them of having “failed to cover and report allegations and misinterpretations of the meeting” adding such callous behaviour did not behove of a party supposed to be the oldest regional party and playing the role of a “responsible opposition party”.

NDPP admitted that as head of the State Rio had the responsibility of informing people of the activities of the government, including those pertaining to the pandemic. However it asserted that at times like this it was not possible to gather people and organisations often to share what the State was experiencing and going through.

Therefore, as responsible leaders, NDPP said the chief minister and his cabinet colleagues had embarked on official visits to districts not only to inform leaders of various civil and tribal organisations of the government’s plans and programmes in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, but also to share other issues faced by the government .

Rather it said the PDA government always had utmost respect for tribal hohos and civil societies and was taking the opportunity to brief the civil society organisations (CSOs) on the overall scenario in a transparent and inclusive manner, the statement claimed. 

NDPP asked NPF whether it had forgotten how a government was run in a span of just two years? It said such “belligerent, malicious and un-confounded” statements of NPF was meant to mislead and confuse the people at a time when the pandemic had taken mankind by surprise. NDPP said these were most unfair and irresponsible on the part of the opposition party. 

Referring to charges against the PDA government and Rio over the cess imposed on petroleum products, NDPP claimed that Nagaland became the first State in India to come up with the novel idea, which other States later replicated. Therefore, it said the PDA leadership should be commended, instead. 

NDPP said since Nagaland was a revenue deficit State and solely dependent on Government of India for funds, it was only through such initiatives that the government could augment its resources.

It said one of the reasons why the cess has been christened “Covid Cess” was to ensure transparency and revenues realised from this cess would be used solely for COVID and health-related expenditure. 

Due to financial constraints and taking into consideration current economic condition of the country, NDPP said it should be understood that Nagaland’s lack of revenue and dependent status made it imperative to undertake measures aimed at making the State self-sufficient and a locally sustainable economy. 

The party also stressed on moving out of salary economy and focusing on agriculture and allied sectors. NDPP welcomed the State government’s decision of instituting a Strategic Committee for Economic Affairs to chalk new measures, strategies and game-plans for economic activities, which would also engage a pool of economic experts from various sectors to guide and advise the government on new approaches. 

It said the government was also undertaking several austerity measures aimed at saving the State exchequer from wasteful expenditure. 

NDPP also expressed concern at certain individuals taking to social media to spread hatred, and emphasised that while it respected freedom of speech, expression and opinion, it was also important to keep in mind that these freedoms came with responsibilities. 

NDPP also asserted that it was not a time to politicise the pandemic or point fingers but put “our heads” together and work out ways and means to combat the pandemic and ensure safety of stranded Naga brethren as well as the entire citizens. 

The party said the state has limited facilities, but making best of the little it had and that its officers and frontlines workers were tirelessly performing their duties. Therefore, NDPP said their efforts should not be belittled by casting aspersions on their endeavours. 

As Nagas return home from other parts of the country, NDPP called for upholding each and every one of them in prayers during their travel and stay at the designated quarantine centres, besides appealing to continue helping medical and frontline workers.



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