Various organizations react to KVC, AMK demand

DIMAPUR, MAY 26 (NPN) | Publish Date: 5/26/2020 1:01:00 PM IST

Lotha Hoho (LH), Dimapur District Citizens’ Forum (DDCF) and Central Nagaland Students’ Association (CNSA) have reacted to the demand made by Kohima Village Council (KVC) and Angamimiapfü Mechü Krotho (AMK) to the government to send back all stranded citizens to their respective seven districts instead of keeping them quarantined in Kohima.

 LH chairman Mhondamo Ovung and general secretary Aben Ngullie admitted that normally home districts should shelter their citizens, but in view of the present circumstances of COVID-19 pandemic, the Hoho opposed such a move since Kohima had all the facilities being the state capital. LH opined that if Kohima which has all the extra facilities, refused to shoulder its responsibility and take care of Naga returnees from other districts, then these districts will demand that equal facilities and infrastructure such as, BSL-3 laboratory, medical equipment, doctors and paramedics etc should also be provided to them to care for their respective district returnees.

The hoho also maintained that Kohima should not only take the benefits in the name of being the state capital, without shouldering its responsibilities. “Lion’s share in benefits also mean lion’s share of responsibilities,” LH asserted.

LH also pointed out that Wokha district hospital has only one ventilator, one cardiac monitor, three thermal scanners and no X-Ray machine, no Tru Nat test kit, no medical specialist and six PHCs without a medical officer. In the light of the above, LH said that before sending the returnees to their respective districts, equal medical facilities must be given to all the districts. It urged that returnees must be sent to their respective districts only after going through all the prescribed tests, completion of quarantine period and after ascertaining that each was free from coronavirus.

DDCF: Dimapur District Citizens’ Forum (DDCF) has termed as “uncalled for” the demand of KVC and AMK at the present pandemic crisis when all developmental activities of the state were concentrated in Kohima-the state capital of Nagaland.

DDCF media cell questioned, what was the use of setting up BSL-3 lab in the state capital, if people from other district were to be restricted from staying in Kohima?  DDCF also asked where had their hospitality gone and whether Kohima is not the capital of the state of Nagaland? 

Instead of shifting responsibility, DDCF said that even the Naga Heritage village Kisama should be included as one of the quarantine centres for returnees from other states. 

It said if returnees were not allowed to stay at Kohima quarantine centres but sent straight to their respective districts, then the government must ensure that all districts be also equipped with their own virology testing labs.

Further, DDCF said though Dimapur was entry point for all the stranded people and housing majority of the returnees in quarantine centres , even without virology laboratory, its citizens “never complained and have warmly welcomed our stranded brothers and sisters back home.”

DDCF expressed hope that all other districts would also do the same in welcoming own brothers and sisters back home.

CNSA: Central Nagaland Students’ Association (CNSA), the apex body of three student tribe organisations - Ao, Sumi and Lotha- said that Dimapur and Kohima, since both Dimapur and Kohima have better infrastructure and facilities, they should not object to using those facilities for Naga brothers and sisters.

 CNSA president Himato Yeptho, vice president Akummeren and general secretary Lipemo M Tsope said while Naga people were grateful to the people of Kohima for generously donating the land for the state capital, yet Naga people have also been tolerant of the “excesses committed by few unscrupulous individuals and groups subjugating all other Nagas in different forms.”

CNSA urged upon all toe understand that facilities and benefits come with responsibilities. It said while the world was going through trying times, it was a “precarious situation” when use of common infrastructure by the Naga people was being opposed. 

 CNSA stated that any infrastructure built by the state government “cannot be hijacked by any individual or groups.” CNSA said of late it was observed that “few individuals and groups have been dictating and ruling the state influencing and coercion on all policy matters and governance of the State of Nagaland.” 

CNSA maintained that if the burden was too heavy on any community or group, then the government should equally divide the developments and share the state budget equally to all districts.

CNSA also demanded mini secretariat for all district headquarters and immediate decentralization of administrative and financial powers to each district . 

CNSA also urged upon all responsible individuals and leaders to support its move “for the safety and security of all Naga citizens” and also appealed to the state government to “immediately address our demand.”

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