Laudable initiatives by CSOs

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 5/29/2020 1:25:00 PM IST

 There has been an NGO boom throughout the world and in India, NGOs are at the forefront in socio-economic fields.There are some fields where NGOs have made their mark besides human rights. The other notable contributions are in environment, health and social arenas. In addition, NGOs are also important participants with respective governments in closing the gap of reachability.NGOs also have a significant role as catalysts in understanding issues by interacting with various stakeholders, especially those whom government inaction affects most, and to bring the issue to the notice of the policymakers. The government cannot be present everywhere all the time. It has its own powers as well as limitations.NGOs in Nagaland have been actively working for genuine social development programmes and welfare activities of urban and rural communities. In Nagaland, the scenario is also inclusive of the socio-political climate where there are various organised tribal cultural groups that espouse preservation and promotion of their respective cultures. These organisations generally known as tribal hohos, involved with traditional issues who also work closely with government in social development and charitable issues. In many ways governments are also benefitted through the participatory roles played by NGOs especially in areas where state authorities are unable to reach out. This is seen in the battle against HIV/AIDS, drug and alcohol addictions, orphanages, old age homes, impartation of skills etc. Among the NGOs are also various unions or civil society groups that have also rendered invaluable service to society. This has been witnessed in several towns as well as Kohima and Dimapur where unions and CSOs have initiated many social action programmes for the benefit of society. In Dimapur in particular, mention may be made of Naga Council, ACAUT Nagaland, Public Action Committee and various student organisations. As mentioned in various media, Dimapur is not only the commercial capital but also the crime capital of the state. Besides illicit drugs, banned substances or activities, it is also like the main distribution centre for smuggled liquor estimated at around Rs.2 to Rs.3 crore per day. In a laudable effort, the Dimapur Naga Students Union took the initiative to check the illegal flow of liquor that led to seizure of over 9000 bottles of the contraband estimated at Rs.20 lakhs in street value. These were reportedly seized from two trucks in one day, on May 18 at New Field Check Gate. While it is a tribute to the efforts of the union to have taken a bold step in acting against smugglers as it also posed inherent danger to safety and security; it is also a big question on the ability or inclination of state enforcement agencies to check and prevent inflow of illegal liquor. Why truck loads of bottled illegal liquor continues to enter Nagaland check gate from outside, is also a testimony to the complicity of the law enforcement agencies. If the state law enforcement are unable to carry out their responsibilities, then it would be best to outsource the job to volunteers under supervision of the authorities. This was also a feature when the Public Action Committee(PAC) undertook just a week-long drive against illegal tax collections at various check gates in Dimapur. Perhaps even handling of COVID-19 pandemic could have been better handled if the responsibility was given to NGOs and CSOs.

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