NH accuses govt for poor management of COVID

Correspondent KOHIMA, JUN 7 (NPN) | Publish Date: 6/7/2020 10:07:43 AM IST

Accusing the state government for all the lapses that had been happening, the Naga Hoho said that government’s claim to have been prepared was only for publicity on paper and social media, whereas in ground reality, nothing had been properly prepared.  

Naga Hoho general secretary Elu Ndang in an interview with Nagaland Post said that, government failed to take into confidence the role of the civil societies, like the tribal hohos, mothers’ organisation, student bodies and youth, stating that involvement of these groups would have made the management better. 

Ndang said before the return of the stranded Nagas, government had ample time to announce through the tribal hohos, student bodies and civil societies as stranded persons could have been better identified but government did not treat the matter with seriousness.

Claiming that government must have thought that COVID-19 pandemic would not infiltrate into the state, Ndang said that now the government seemed to be more panicked than the citizens. He was of the view that the highest office could not communicate the policies and strategies to the people involved on the ground, resulting in many implementation lapses.  

While talking about how the returnees were poorly managed, Ndang said that government failed inspite of many orders and SOPs as the protocol could not be properly implemented in many areas. He said that government had failed even when the frontline workers were battling their best to contain the COVID-19 pandemic in the state. 

Ndang alleged that Tuensang issue has proved that government was not prepared to fight the COVID, adding that the entire “mismanagement” episode has shown how government was “not serious” about the pandemic. Ndang said that state government transferred out the “officer involved” and also dissolved Empowered Group and constituted High Power Committee (HPC) headed by the chief minister. However when the Peren issue erupted under the chairmanship of the CM, nothing better could be expected to improve as in the previous case.

While expressing that no amount of apologies and justification would stop from revealing the truth about the inability of the state government, Ndang also asserted that government must emphasise on special attention towards overhauling health care system in the state since COVID was here to stay.

Ndang was also concerned over the silence of the state government to intervene and address the issue of half salary to the teachers even if parents paid the school fees in full.  

He asserted that government must work on economic reform by inviting experts/scholars, consultants cutting across political affiliation to rebuild the already weakened economic condition in the state.



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