PAC drive a threat to survival, says WC

DIMAPUR, NOV 6 (NPN) | Publish Date: 11/6/2019 11:22:10 AM IST


While there has been widespread appreciation of the “Operation Check Gate” against illegal and multiple collections in check gates in Dimapur launched by Public Action Committee (PAC) under the aegis of Naga Council Dimapur (NCD), the drive has angered Working Committee (WC), Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs), which has justified the collections for sustaining national workers. 

WC media cell said it was deeply disturbed at the “inconsiderate and remorseless” nature of PAC led by Vekhosayi Nyekha and Ghokheto Chophy, convener and co-convener respectively. 

WC said though the PAC drive may have been in the in the interest of all Naga people to check and control illegal and unauthorised collections by petty unions, organisations and associations which have become a menace to the people; it said the drive posed a threat to thousands of uniformed Naga Army personnel in various designated camps, units and regional commands and duty-bound civilian national workers in regions and sub-regions “who survive on the day-to-day contribution of the Nagas and business community”. 

WC said it was a testing time for Nagas politically as the Government of India (GoI) had perfectly understood the Naga issue. However WC regretted that back home, PAC had, “in a bizarre move”, tightened its screws against it, cutting off day-to-day supply line and “threatening the very survival of those striving to ensure Nagas secure their identity, peace and respectable future”. WC said in the coming months, thousands of national workers would still depend on the “generosity and contribution of the business community in Dimapur and other centres”. 

Hence, considering the severity of the situation, WC demanded that the PAC convener and co-convener provide adequate food supply and financial requirements to sustain the Naga movement, till the agreement with government of India was inked and transitional period began.

WC also put on record how voluntary contributions and minimal taxation by national workers had been abolished completely at the behest of PAC and in addition, workers were being picked up from homes and those arrested were being put behind bars without any compunction.

WC therefore asked Nyekha and Chophy to respond within four days as to why Naga national workers must not seek even minimal contribution from Nagas to sustain themselves, particularly at this juncture?. It maintained that the lives of thousand patriots could not be put in danger to fulfil ulterior motives of a few. 

“All WC, NNPGs designated camps and brigades, battalions and mobile camps all over Nagaland and outside are occupied fully by civil and military workers anticipating positive outcome from the Indo-Naga peace talks. It would be criminal to not provide basic daily necessities,” said WC. 

Further WC asked the PAC leaders to take full responsibility should there be any unsavoury incident from hunger and starvation of national workers. 

WC also termed the PAC-led drive against collection of money as “anti-solution and ill-motivated stratagem” to completely disorient and create chaos on the eve of political solution, It also noted that while the Naga people on one hand were optimistic and ready for solution hoping for a brighter future, PAC on the other , was trying to bring anarchy and sideline the much-awaited political solution with its action. 

WC said contribution of both Nyekha and Chophy’s parents or lack of it to Naga political movement was also under scrutiny because their policy reflected an “inherited ill-motive” against the movement. It said the duo must not invite the stigma of having failed the Nagas at a crucial time as history did not forget individuals or their children who had treated Naga freedom fighters with contempt, the committee added.



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