NPFLP accuses state govt of flip-flops on SOPs

DIMAPUR, MAY 24 (NPN) | Publish Date: 5/23/2020 1:18:45 PM IST

Naga People’s Front Legislature Party (NPFLP) Saturday hit out at the state government over issuing numerous standard operating procedures (SOPs), which it said kept changing at regular interval and confusing everyone including the officers at the state and district level.

NPF legislature party said that the directives in the SOPs were not specific “giving rooms for speculation and aggravating the already poor management in place.” The legislature party, which met at the residence of the Leader of Opposition TR Zeliang on May 23, 2020, alleged that the public were facing untold pain and suffering due to the inefficiency of the state government.

Even when the restrictions were lifted and inter-district travel was permitted, the NPFLP said the state government failed to make adequate arrangement for safe travel of the people stranded within the state. 

Asserting that the well-to-do had the ability to move in their private cars, the party, however, stated that the poor, who availed public transport, had no arrangement as public transportation was halted. 

In this regard, NPFLP appreciated all the tribal bodies and individuals for stepping up and taking necessary steps to help people reach their home.

On the funds received for COVID-19 from the Centre, the party urged the state government use the fund judiciously while maintaining transparency and accountability. 

Further, accusing the state government of passing the buck to the head of district administration, NPFLP said the burden of implementing and maintaining home quarantine has also been passed on to the village councils, which it described as “distressing.” 

It also pointed that the village council members were not medically sound to follow the protocol in managing people in quarantine centres. 

Besides, NPFLP said that it would be impossible for villages to manage on their own since the state government did not allocate any fund to villages apart from the meagre amount received as 50% grant in aid.

NPFLP said the chief minister kept saying that the state government welcomed all Nagas from outside the state to return, however, it alleged that little has been done on the ground for their safe return.  As regard, the legislature party has appealed to the chief minister and his colleagues to take serious note of the sufferings of stranded people and arrange appropriate mode of transportation at the earliest.  It said that the neighbouring states have been doing a commendable job to bring back their people. However, NPFLP said Nagaland was still in a state of confusion and lacked vision and will. The legislature party lamented that people in the cities were making their own arrangement and travelling by road. 

Meanwhile, NPFLP has reminded the food and civil supplies department to look into the proper implementation of the National Food Security Act and the PMGKAY. It expressed hope that transparency and accountability would be maintained and the ration card holders would receive their due share without manipulation. 

NPFLP also suggested that the government would take the testing of returnees with all seriousness and keep them under strict observation. It said the returnees should not be sent to their respective districts before ascertaining that they were negative. 

Thermal screening alone should no longer be the basis on which a person is determined as negative or positive, NPFLP said.

With the presence of the BSL-3 laboratory in Kohima, NPFLP expressed optimism that Nagaland should be capable to test everyone so that state remained safe and protected.



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