Wednesday, October 5, 2022

RPP appeals FM to fulfil its demand for PR in Nagaland

Rising People’s Party (RPP) has appealed to Union Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman to fulfil its demands for President’s Rule in Nagaland and CBI investigation into the various irregularities.
In a representation, RPP president Joel Naga and secretary Akum Longkumer stated the party had submitted a memorandum to the Governor on May 12, 2022 demanding the President’s Rule in Nagaland citing financial emergency in the state. RPP also appealed for expediting all the pending CBI and ED enquiries in the state including giving prosecution sanction to the CBI on the High Court construction scam.
RPP stated that Nagaland happened to be the most corrupted state in India “with absolutely nothing to show in terms of growth”.
It pointed out that as per NITI Aayog’s SDGI index 2021, Nagaland was the ‘Worst Performing State’ in India in terms of poverty, health, affordable energy, sustainable cities, industries and infrastructure. RPP stated that Nagaland was also the Worst Performing State as per State Energy and Climate index and was ranked 33rd out of 35 states & UTs.
Further, RPP stated that the state government was unable to pay the outstanding salaries of 130,000 government employees, including teachers, police personnel, administrative officials, and national mission employees.
It stated that perpetual deficit state budget with the latest being minus Rs.2212.74 Crore for the year 2022-23 was a major cause for concern.
According to finance ministry report published on July 25 2022, RPP said the total outstanding liabilities (Debt) of Nagaland Government stands at Rs.15620.80 crore as of March 2022. It also stated that according to the latest CAG Report 2022 for the financial year 2019- 2020, some of the serious offences of the state government included: Rs. 200.65 crore siphoned off in 12 departments and Rs. 6.6 crore in other departments; Rs. 25.28 crore siphoned off in the power department awaits departmental and criminal investigation; Rs. 82.79 crore embezzled by the department of school education awaits criminal investigation in two cases; three misappropriation cases amounting to Rs. 223.79 crore found in the PWD (R&B) department; planning and coordination department misappropriated Rs. 20.23 crore; tourism department misappropriated Rs.14.20 crore and health and family welfare department misappropriation case of Rs.13.70 crore.
RPP also highlighted the status of medical college, which still remained incomplete after nine long years. It said the amount sanctioned by the Centre stands at Rs.171.10 crore. The party also stated that Nagaland High Court building remained incomplete at 35% work done even after 15 years and the exorbitant amount of Rs.52.63 crore stands withdrawn till date.
“The above irregularities and misappropriations are just the tip of the ice-berg, and perhaps it’s important for you to ask hard questions during your visit,” RPP stated.