Old NCD team attracts flak from constituent units

DIMAPUR, JUL 8 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/8/2020 1:47:02 PM IST
NCD reacts to DATH, ENPUD statement

Citing the current situation vis-à-vis COVID-19 pandemic as the reason for delay in handing over charge to new office-bearers, Naga Council Dimapur (NCD) denied allegation that the incumbent office-bearers were selfishly holding to their positions.

Reacting to the allegation of Dimapur Apex Tribal Hoho (DATH) – comprising 14 tribal hohos of Dimapur – and Eastern Nagaland People’s Union Dimapur (ENPUD), the council clarified that the lockdown had prevented it from holding its annual general meeting (AGM) as per schedule.  

In a release, NCD vice-president (council bench) Eliho Angami and general secretary Thsapongkyu Sangtam explained that the council had called a consultative meeting with tribal presidents on March 10, 2020 at its conference hall and unanimously decided to complete all official formalities, including induction of new office-bearers for 2020-2024 on or before March 31. The AGM was scheduled for March 25, while the handing-over ceremony was scheduled for March 31. 

Even as circulars were also dispatched in this regard, the duo said the nationwide lockdown had started from March 24, for which even NCD office premises located at Church Road towards Murgipatti wholesale area, New Market and Hongkong Market were sealed, leading to postponement of the AGM by default.

Due to the uncertainty over lockdown and the Central and State governments announcing extension of the lockdown up to June 30 and again till July 17, the NCD’s executive team approached the Dimapur district administration and sought permission to hold the AGM, which was denied by the former citing lockdown norms and standard operating procedure (SOP). 

Meanwhile, due to relaxation in lockdown norms, agriculture commissioner & secretary Y Kikheto Sema invited NCD for a meeting at Saramati Hotel on May 24 during which he appealed to the council to complete the New Cemetery within 15 days to take care of bodies, should there be any death caused by COVID-19. 

Accordingly, the council completed development work at New Cemetery within the stipulated time and it was inaugurated by agriculture minister G Kaito Aye, while it was dedicated by Rev M Lonlong Konyak from Konyak Baptist Church, Dimapur on July 1.

Thereafter, an AGM was held on July 4 at the conference hall by taking all precautions like maintaining distance while sitting, wearing face masks and sanitisation. The meeting decided that induction of office-bearers for 2020-2024 would done on the basis of NCD constitution and resolved to set up a commission by nominating office-bearers for next tenure by way of conventional decision approved by voice vote in the meeting.

The House also resolved to a appoint five-member Search/Selection Commission with senior councillors representing one member each from four zones and NCD president would be ex-officio. It also decided that the installation and taking over by the new team would be held on July 11at the conference hall.

Asserting that it was established in 1949 with the vision to foster brotherhood among various Naga tribal bodies and non-Nagas settled in Dimapur district, NCD pointed out that it had its own established duties and responsibilities, and functioned with its own set of rules and regulations different from other bodies. 

ENPUD, 6 tribal units reaffirm stand
Eastern Nagaland People’s Union Dimapur (ENPUD at its consultative meeting held with six tribal unit presidents on July 8, unanimously decided to stand by its earlier opinion, that the installation of the new office bearers of Naga Council Dimapur (NCD) should strictly adhere to the provisions of the NCD constitution. 
ENPUD president M.C. Ongbou Chang and general secretary M. Jeange Yanlem said that the house also reiterated that the commission for installation of the NCD new team should be by way of nomination/selection/election as enshrined in the NCD constitution (Article 8) and not otherwise. 
Further, it also opined that all the tribal union presidents under NCD should be invited by concern nomination, selection, election commission of  Naga Council Dimapur to seek opinion and consent before finalization for smooth coordination and conduct.
Further, as per the July 1, 2020 resolution, ENPUD said it has fully entrusted the respective six tribal units to represent Eastern for any matters/issues relating to the nomination/selection/election of the new NCD team.
Meanwhile, the house clarified that in its July 8 statement, the last paragraph ‘ENPUD threatened that…’ was inadvertently inserted/replaced instead of its actual press statement/phrase ‘ENPUD further inform that…’
ASTD action against T. Bangerloba Ao 
Ao Senso Telongjem Dimapur (ASTD) has said it was constrained to reply to the letter from Naga Council Dimapur (NCD) dated July 3, 2020 wherein it (NCD) had “maliciously dictated” upon ASTD to “revoke/withdraw” its letter dated July 1, 2020 served on T. Bangerloba Ao (incumbent president of NCD), for his non-cooperation with ASTD directive.
ASTD through its president L. Wati Jamir and general secretary K. Mar Lemtur informed NCD that as T. Bangerloba Ao being a bona fide member of the Ao community in Dimapur, its action was well within the ambit of Ao social and customary parameters with regard to the activities of its individual member including all social obligations. 
ASTD also reiterated the responsibilities were governed under Ao customary practises and usages and which can never be dictated or suppressed by any other outside force, society or group.
ASTD said that under the Ao customary practices, it has exercised and executed its legitimate responsibility for those who do not comply with directives or who defy the order so issued by the existing apex body/union within that particular jurisdiction .
ASTD said therefore, NCD has no locus standi in issuing its impugned July 3, 2020 letter directing ASTD to revoke or withdraw its letter. Further ASTD said it had initially informed T. Bangerloba Ao for a meeting on February 25, 2020 with the ASTD president and office bearers and representatives of six Ao Ranges but neither did he comply nor gave any reason.
ASTD said it also informed T. Bangerloba Ao, that as per the resolution of the June 22, 2020 meeting of the ASTD executive and all Ao civil societies based at Dimapur, he was directed and requested, as a bona fide member representing ASTD and in the capacity as president NCD, to settle the Naga Council issue within a stipulated time. However, ASTD said Bangerloba neither endeavoured nor tried to comply with the ASTD decisions. 
In consideration of “overrun of stipulated period” and “unconstitutional excessive” of the incumbent NCD tenure, ASTD said that after prolonged deliberations at the June 29, 2020 meeting, and considering the non-compliance of its directives and wishes , the house “unanimously resolved to issue non-cooperation with Shr. T. Bangerloba Ao” from ASTD without any specific time frame under ASTD jurisdiction. 
Further, ASTD said its letter dated July 1,2020 served on T. Bangerloba Ao was on his personal capacity and not as president of NCD and therefore, the letter served on him (Bangerloba) was absolute and stood on the basis of Ao traditional customary practices.


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