Wednesday, February 8, 2023

NPCC plea on ENPO to rethink demand for separate state

Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC),while extending greetings to people of Nagaland on the occasion of 60th Statehood Day on Thursday, appealed to the Eastern Nagaland People’s Organisation (ENPO) to rethink on the demand for Frontier Nagaland State.
NPCC assured ENPO of justice and equality, besides special attention, if it (Congress) was given an opportunity (to form the government). The party also appealed to Naga national workers to conclude the negotiation in order to develop Nagaland and create jobs. Meanwhile, NPCC expressed apprehension that Nagaland could disintegrate in its 60th year and finally land in the same situation as Jammu & Kashmir.
NPCC through its communication department, recalled that the name “ Nagaland was given by AZ Phizo” , which then found mention in the Constitution of India on August 1, 1960 when Prime Minister Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru made a statement that day in the Parliament for creation of a state named “Nagaland.” NPCC said that the failure of the government to keep the people united was due to injustice and inequality. It also expressed shock at the situation and accused all 60 legislators of having no concern for the integrity of the State they represented.
NPCC reminded that as MLAs, they had taken the vow to uphold the integrity of nation and therefore, should also uphold the integrity of State. NPCC warned that they (60 MLAs) would be held responsible for disintegration if, God forbid, it happened. NPCC admitted that creation of Nagaland as a state continued to face resistance from some sections and was not allowed to fully utilise its authority and resources to develop. He said this was evident in the fact that Nagaland state is still without a medical college, engineering college and no industries, while infrastructure was abysmal the lowest among States.
NPCC recalled that Nagaland was the 16th State in the country, but it has remained at the bottom in terms of development.
“What we have gained in 25 years of negotiation is corruption. Corruption has reached its ultimate,” NPCC said.
The party said that no project was executed without cuts and commissions, while alleging that village councils and village development boards were forced to sign blank cheques by Rural Development department to draw whatever amount they wanted from bank accounts of the villages.
The party also alleged that even pensioners had to pay commission to receive their due, while nepotism, bias, and ill-will were found in almost all government appointments and orders. “They don’t fear anymore the wrath of God in pursuit of selfish,” it added.
The party, therefore, appealed to people to vote for the “change you want to see and feel.”

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