NPF asks PDA not to pass the buck at Gov

DIMAPUR, AUG 2 (NPN) | Publish Date: 8/2/2020 1:10:00 PM IST

NPF has joined the chorus of criticisms against the July 7 ‘Self Declaration’ through the Office Memorandum(OM) issued by the state home department directing Administrative Heads of Departments (AHoDs) and Heads of Departments (HoDs) to furnish information from employees on family members in various underground groups. 

NPF press bureau termed the PDA government’s OM as “sheer ignorance” or a “deliberate attempt to victimise some innocent individuals.” It said it was unfortunate that the PDA government viewed “Naga political issue from vary narrow perspective.” NPF said it consistently maintained that the Naga political issue could be resolved only “through peaceful means and not by way of brute force,” and stood for honourable solution to the Naga political issue that would be not only in the interest of Nagas but all of the entire north east region.
NPF said the PDA government’s OM of profiling government servants having relatives in the ‘Naga national movement’ would only create more distrust between the public and government since the primary reason being that Naga political issue was close to everybody’s heart and all Nagas irrespective of whether government servants or not, are closely connected emotionally or intellectually with the Naga political issue.
It said the self-declaration issued by the government will not only create social unrest but also drive Nagas farther away than in bringing them closer to the parliamentary system of governance said NPF.
 NPF reminded that in 1940s to 1950s at the height of the Naga movement, Naga nationalists made government servants as ‘soft target’ so it cautioned the PDA government that if it went ahead with its OM, then it would be undoing the positioning of the Naga political issue.
It may be recalled that in an unprecedented move, the PDA government had, through DIPR, clarified that the ‘self-declaration’ Office Memorandum dated July 7, was issued after Governor R.N.Ravi had twice prodded the cabinet to issue the order. 
The PDA coalition had reacted after several organisations which demanded explanation under what circumstances it was done and also to revoke the memo.
It may also be recalled that on July 27, chief minister Neiphiu Rio went on record to hold the state Governor responsible for the matter. He told media persons after a cabinet meeting, that only after receiving the second reminder from Raj Bhavan, did the cabinet ultimately issue the directive to all AHoDs and HoDs to make employees fill up the self-declaration form.
On July 30, NPF president Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsu hit out at the chief minister for passing the buck on the Governor for the Office Memo, since as per constitution, the cabinet could accept or reject such proposals. 
Further, Dr. Shürhozelie said after cabinet decided to issue the OM, it cannot shift the blame on others as by doing so, the PDA government has only exposed “ a very serious procedural lapse”. He said there was no question, that the government was “fully responsible for cabinet decisions”. However, he said if the government sought to shift responsibility for its own creation, then it indicates a “decaying of political life of the state” and which has become a record in Nagaland state parliamentary history.
Meanwhile, congratulating governor RN Ravi on completion of one year in the office, NPF impressed upon him to put the Naga political issue in right perspective in the interest of all stakeholders. It also reminded him that Naga people in general have high hopes on him as someone capable of delivering an honourable solution as he was a signatory to the Framework Agreement signed on behalf of the Government of India in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 3, 2015 at New Delhi.
NPF also asserted that an honourable solution to the issue would not only be in the interest of the Nagas but in the interest of the entire North-eastern region, as the Centre was focusing on “Look East/Act East” policy. It stressed that any steps detrimental to the present political dialogue should be discouraged as it would be too costly if the present opportunity was missed again without hammering out an honourable solution like the political negotiations in the past.
Responding to the rejoinder by NDPP on NPF president Dr Shürhozelie Liezietsu’s statement on the functioning of the PDA government, NPF accused the ruling party of being unable to swallow the bitter truth revealed on how a popular government should function in a parliamentary democracy. The PDA cannot shy away from its responsibilities by shifting the blame to Raj Bhavan so long as it runs the government, it added.
It also accused the ruling coalition of not even taking responsibility for its own decisions, over the recent Office Memo to profile government servants. NPPF said it was a desperate attempt by NDPP to shift its responsibility although the cabinet had decided on July 3, 2020 on this issue. 
Emphasising that any government that cannot stand on its decision nor protect its employees/citizens had no right whatsoever to run the affairs of the State, the opposition party reiterated its demand that the PDA government should step down on moral ground.

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