NPCC reacts to NDPP’s ‘wild allegations’

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 6/2/2020 1:27:21 PM IST

A day after Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) asked the Congress party to first realise their “failures in addressing the needs of the people when they had been at the helm of affairs in the State”, the Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) Tuesday said that NDPP while levelling “wild allegations” against Congress government of the past for the present state of poor infrastructure had “conveniently” forgotten that all major infrastructures were only created during Congress time.

NPCC through its communication department stated that 17 plus years was “more than enough for regional parties to develop the state but they have miserably failed.” Reminding that NDPP leader and chief minister Neiphiu Rio was part of three Congress governments holding crucial portfolios of PWD and Home, the Congress party said NDPP allegations against Congress government of the past was, therefore, “being laid at the doorstep of Rio himself.”
On tackling pandemic situation, NPCC said the state government established COVID War Room only after Lockdown 1.0 got over and now after the end of Lockdown 4.0, a high powered committee (HPC) was constituted replacing numerous committees that “were all pulling in different directions.”
“This shows the total failure of PDA government,” NPCC said and advised the NDPP to concentrate on course correction of their government rather than level “baseless allegations” against Congress or some individual who showed them the mirror.
Further, Congress said that chief minister’s announcement of setting up ‘strategy group’ to build the state economy may sound good. However, it alleged that “having seen massive misgovernance for much of the past 17 years under his leadership, the only cheerleaders will be his coterie and cronies anticipating another golden opportunity out of disaster.” NPCC expressed hope that the strategy group was not composed of the “same people who have been colluding with Rio to make a mockery of governance in all spheres.”
Also, Congress warned that a grave socio-economic problem was emerging in the form of thousands of returnees coming from different cities of India after suffering tremendously during lockdown period. “Ironically, the same government used to trumpet about its achievement on sending thousands of our young people outside the state to earn livelihood,” NPCC said. 
It alleged that the state government, in connivance with some outside training institutes and placement agencies, had signed numerous MoUs and dispatched people of the state without bothering to check the antecedents of those agencies or progress of people. “The government has totally failed on this front,” it stated.
Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee further alleged that some “homegrown HR/Placement agencies” under the patronage of state government have been functioning without any accountability so far. 
It claimed that many of those agencies in addition to government’s largesse have been profiteering by even taking certain amount of percentage cut from monthly salary of those workers sent through them. 
It expressed shock that many HR/Placement agencies and recruiting agents, who were responsible for sending people outside, went incognito and left poor workers to fend for themselves when lockdown happened. 
It underlined that time has come for strong action against those who profiteered while “jeopardizing the lives of our people.”


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