Says H&FW not an extension of BJP party apparatus
Rising People’s Party (RPP) has issued a 3-day ultimatum on the department of Health & Family Welfare (H&FW) to withdraw a notification issued by its principal director, directing all Chief Medical Officers (CMOs) and Medical Superintendents (MS) to assist the State BJP in conducing medical camps in the state from September 19 to October 1, 2022.
Rising People’s Party in a statement issued by its president Joel Naga and vice president Vitho Zao expressed total opposition against the directive to CMOs and MSs issued by the department.
The party said the principal director of the Health & Family Welfare department had issued the directive on the instructions from the Health minister S. Pangnyu Phom and the State BJP.
RPP warned that it would be compelled to launch an agitation if the H&FW department failed to withdraw the directive within three days.
RPP also maintained that the directive on the CMOs and MS to assist the state BJP in conducting the party’s proposed medical camp was “illegal and unconstitutional” since the Health & Family Welfare department was not an extension of the BJP apparatus nor the CMOs/MS/employees of the department BJP karyakatas and neither can the BJP give directions to or utilise the department’s service at will.
RPP also opined that if the BJP Nagaland wanted to organise medical camps, it was free to do so with its own resources and own paid doctors or approach charitable bodies like Lion’s Club and Rotary Club.
The RPP leaders said Neiphiu Rio as chief minister might also take note of the outrageous and condemnable manoeuvring by his own cabinet colleagues and alliance partners which, apart from undermining his own authority, also portrayed the picture that he was now a mute spectator with no real authority.
The party therefore demanded that the letter of the PD to CMOs and MSs be withdrawn within the stipulated time.