Central Nagaland Tribes Council (CNTC) comprising of Ao, Lotha and Sumi communities, has demanded immediate “recall for recasting of PMJVK scheme” submitted to the Central government by the State Level Committee, since only four out of the 16 districts were included in the scheme and warned that failure to meet with its demands will compel them to call for a mass agitation.
CNTC, through its media cell, expressed disappointment at the allocation of the scheme for 2022-2023 in the State, pointing out that only four districts– Dimapur, Kohima, Chümoukedima and Niuland– were approved by the State government while the remaining districts were left out. It therefore demanded that chief minister Neiphiu Rio recall and recast the allocation of entire scheme.
Demands immediate ‘recall for recasting of PMJVK scheme’ submitted to Centre
CNTC said after its press statement on July 24 demanding that funds be equally distributed district-wise for all districts, the state government issued another notification on July 26 for district-wise submission of PMJVK schemes but as “additional proposals from the state”. CNTC said this district-wise submission of PMJVK schemes was only an “after thought action of the state government”.
CNTC pointed out that, since the last date for submission of proposals to the Centre was August 6, 2022, it was practically impossible to prepare schemes within such a limited period.
It said the procedure required approval of Block Level Committee (BLC) and District-Level Committee as per para 2.1.1. of PMJVK guidelines. Therefore, in such a situation, CNTC said it was impossible for the official involved to do the needful “within a period of two weeks.”
In the light of the above, CNTC therefore termed the July 26 notification for inclusion of the remaining 12 districts as “a mockery and after thought of the chief minister as the documents of the four districts which have been allocated PMJVK schemes have already reached Delhi.”
In this regard CNTC demanded to know on what basis will the remaining 12 districts get funds under PMJVK when the matter has already been finalized.
The council also questioned why two areas- CNTC and ENPO- have always been “ignored in all developmental fronts”?
Meanwhile, CNTC has clarified that it was not against any tribe of community or against development activities in the state but “was fighting for what was their due share and that funds should be equally distributed district-wise”.
It may be recalled that Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs John Barla, during his visit to Nagaland on May 7, had informed chief minister Neiphiu Rio that under the new guidelines, the tribal populations in all districts in Nagaland would be covered under ‘Pradhan Mantri Jan Vikas Karyakram’ (PMJVK) brought out by the Ministry.
Further, drawing attention to the circulations on social and print media on the proposals submitted to the government of India under PMJVK 2023, Minority Affairs cell of the Planning & Coordination department through DIPR on July 27 clarified that no funds were received from the Centre under PMJVK 2023 or disproportionately distributed such amount.
It said that the PMJVK scheme, as was being implemented till 2021-22, was limited to the block of Niuland only. The department said it had strongly taken up with the Centre to extend it to the entire state, and with the personal intervention of chief minister, Centre agreed to extend the scheme to the entire State under the revised PMJVK guidelines with effect from 2022-23.