NPF demands independent inquiry into Patton’s speech

Correspondent KOHIMA, FEB 10 (NPN) | Publish Date: 2/10/2020 12:50:45 PM IST

Stepping the attack on the ruling PDA coalition government during the debate on the motion of thanks to the Governor’s address at ongoing session of the assembly Monday, opposition member Kuzholuzo (Azo) Neinu demanded an independent inquiry into alleged malpractices/loopholes, if any, in the Nagaland Public Service Commission (NPSC), while referring to the controversy over deputy chief minister Y. Patton’s recent remark made during the Lotha Students’ Union general conference held at Merapani.

Azo also cited the statements of  Lotha Students’ Union (LSU) and Lotha Mmhonka Okho (LMO) on the issue. The NPF member also delved into the controversy in referring to a complaint letter written by one Vicca S. Aye to the Governor and urged the latter to take action and not to keep the letter in cold storage.

He said institutions like , universities and examinations conducted by NPSC and UPSC form the foundation of human resource but if they became corrupt , the future of younger generation will be doomed.

Reading from a portion of the recent ‘clarification statement’ by LSU, Azo said Patton had purportedly asked the meritorious candidates who clear NPSC or department exams, to approach him so that he could ensure proper justice etc. 

Commenting on it, Azo asked whether Patton had meant that he would use his power to push the candidates, or settle exchanges between the departments, or use incentives to help such candidates. 

He also said that LMO had expressed grievances over alleged unfair practices and manipulations in NPSC at the interview stage during the 2015 exams where justice was being denied to deserving Lotha candidates.

Citing the above, Azo said the main concern was the alleged practice of corruption in one of the most respected institutions such as NPSC. He urged upon the government to take serious note of it and set up an independent inquiry or to let the state Lokayukta take up the matter. Azo urged elected members to rise above one’s own community or constituency and become leaders for the Nagas as a whole instead of trying to promote favoritism, tribalism and nepotism.

Along defends Patton: Coming out in defence of  deputy chief minister Y. Patton, state BJP president and minister of H&TE and Tribal Affairs, Temjen Imna Along maintained that issue was a  clear case of misinterpretation. Along said that Patton had clarified in a tweet that he did not mention anything about manipulating the NPSC.

He said bringing an issue to the house over what had been  circulated on social media,  was immature. Along wondered how people arrived at their own conclusion regarding alleged malpractices and questioning the sanctity of one of the most reputed institution (NPSC). Along further asked what was wrong if an MLA gave assurance to deliver justice to the people if and when necessary ?.

He said people even approach him,  to speak to NPSC after clearing main exams, which he said was an impossible demand. 

Along said Patton’s honesty of trying to be helpful should not be misconstrued and reminded the MLAs that they too make many assurances in their constituencies. 

Referring to the complaint letter by a former student leader, Along urged the governor and the August house to reject such kind of communication as anybody could write such letters but which did not mean everything was factual.


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