NPF accuses NDPP of overlooking government’s shortcomings

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 4/17/2020 9:42:12 AM IST

Naga People’s Front (NPF) has accused the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) of “singing all praises” for the state government while overlooking its “shortcomings”.

 NPF through its Press Bureau said the party was “startled” that the state government through its “mouthpiece” NDPP has termed the lapses pointed out by the opposition party as a “personal attack”. The party also rebuked NDPP for accusing the opposition party of politicising the pandemic while “singing all praises for the government no matter what shortcoming the government have”.

NPF pointed out that despite not being consulted by the government, the opposition party has been extending support and cooperation to fight the pandemic. It maintained that the party has been reaching out to the “poor and needy”. NPF said Governor of Nagaland, R.N. Ravi  “once again” stepping in to take control of the present situation has “proven without any reasonable doubt” the PDA government’s inability to tackle the pandemic.

Reiterating that the government must own the responsibility, NPF asked chief minister, Neiphiu Rio and minister health & family welfare, S. Pangnyu Phom to step down on moral ground and pave way for “alternative arrangement”. “The state government must accept the fact that continued remonstrations surfacing every now and then from its own healthcare personnel is a sheer manifestation of the government not doing enough while time is ticking for possible virus explosion,” stated NPF.

NPF also highlighted the issues raised by the medical frontline workers particularly the nurses and the ambulance drivers. It also expressed displeasure over the “gag” order issued by the chief secretary of Nagaland and asked whether the order was a right act in democratic society. NPF further asked the government to ensure quality laboratory; sufficient supply of certified PPE and medical essential; availability of all kinds of medicines all over the state; to “sanitise” Zion Hospital and declare it a “safe zone” within 24 hours; ensure the availability of essential commodities especially in far-flung villages and check the price rise of the essential commodities.

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