Thursday, August 18, 2022

CNSA demands fair distribution of development projects

Central Naga Students’ Association (CNSA) has demanded that all development projects and fund distributions be scrutinised and distributed fairly in the overall interest of Nagas.
The association comprising three apex student bodies– Ao Students’ Conference (AKM), Lotha Students’ Union (LSU) and Sumi Students’ Union (SKK) – said it was totally appalled by the State government’s funding decisions for a number of projects and initiatives where importance had been given to a certain section of people.
Central Naga Students’ Association president R Sunep Pongen and vice-president Lipemo M Tsopoe asserted that the secretive and unjustified selfish interests of the government in coordinating and allocating the plans and resources was intolerable and threatening.
Since the State government did not exist solely for the benefit of one tribe or one district, the association insisted that all districts should be handled fairly and equally and that the disproportional discrepancies in development activities and disparity should be immediately looked into.
And in order to ensure equity and prevent discrimination, CNSA also demanded that the State government should revoke and review all projects that have already been submitted and approved.
According to the association, the partiality and preference allegedly shown by the state government to one particular district had proved that the developmental funds and projects had been “distributed on the basis of tribalism and nepotism”.
As such, if the chief minister was unable to take responsibility for all the discrepancies and unable to perform his duty as a competent and unbiased person, CNSA said he should step down from his chair on moral grounds.
At a time when the state is attempting to find a peaceful political solution, if a significant portion of the Naga population was neglected and deprived for the benefit of a small section of people, the association cautioned that this would not only impede and jeopardise the Naga integration process but also lead to internal conflicts and hostility, the consequences of which the present leaders would have to bear.


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