Monday, August 8, 2022

RPP urges NEC to not clear projects for Nagaland

Rising People’s Party (RPP) has appealed to the North Eastern Council (NEC)—nodal agency for the economic and social development of the North Eastern Region— to withhold/not approve the latest “prioritized project” list of 30 projects amounting to Rs. 120 crore in Nagaland as submitted by the Nagaland cabinet dated June 21, 2022 for approval under NEC 2022-23.
In a letter addressed to the North Eastern Council (NEC) secretary, RPP vice president Vitho Zao and secretary Akum Longkumer reminded that NEC has “a moral obligation not to create an enabling environment to propagate corruption.”
RPP stated that justification for the NEC not to approve Nagaland projects was manifold as most of the projects including CSS, NEC or DoNER projects were implemented only in paper. RPP claimed that Nagaland has probably the highest per capita share of projects being implemented in the country but the ground reality was otherwise.
Citing the latest CAG Report, RPP said that fiscal mismanagement and fraudulent withdrawals amounting to thousands of Crores was systemic and unchecked. It stated that according to NITI Aayog, Nagaland was the Worst Performing State in six parameters as per SDGI index, 2021.
RPP also said that Nagaland was the Worst Performing State as per State Energy and Climate index (SECI), NITI Aayog 2022. Besides, it said Nagaland ranks as the Worst Performing State under the National Health Index 2019-20 (NITI Aayog)
Further, RPP said that state’s budget deficit was perpetual with the latest being minus Rs.2212.74 Crore for the year 2022-23.
RPP went on to stated that Nagaland was presently the only state in India without a medical college. It stated that the lone medical college project implemented in the year 2014 was still incomplete after nine long years.
Besides, RPP said Nagaland High Court building remains incomplete even after 15 years.
RPP pointed out that exorbitant amount has been sanctioned by the Centre without any output.
According to RPP, PIL with regard to this issue was still pending in the High Court with both the CBI and the ED pursing the matter.
Asserting that the Centre was trying to ensure fruits of development reaching all corners of the country, the RPP, however, expressed regret that not even one of the 30 prioritized projects as submitted by the state government was in the “Aspirational District” Kiphire.
It has, therefore, requested to NEC dis-engage in undertaking new projects in the Nagaland. RPP demanded that any new project should be undertaken only after an independent survey of all the past NEC projects was carried out in the state.


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