Friday, March 31, 2023

Officials misled Governor for cause of incomplete projects, claims Cong

Staff Reporter

Congress has been holding almost daily press conferences either in Dimapur or Kohima, to attack the NDPP and BJP alliance on various alleged failure on various fronts.
On Friday, AICC media coordinator Mahima Singh focussed on the medical college and high court complex, both at Kohima which are running much behind schedule as noted by Nagaland governor Prof. Jagdish Mukhi during his visit to the sites in July last year. Mahima claimed that when queried by the governor about the cause of delay, government officials “lied to him (governor), that the construction works” were delayed since funds could not be released due to covid-19 pandemic. She maintained that the fact was that funds were released to the state in November 2019 itself before the pandemic.
Further, Mahima cited the reply by H&FW Ministry to a question posed by Nagaland Lok Sabha MP Tokheho Yepthomi in 2019. She said the government informed the MP that the state government had been requested to expedite completion of the Kohima Medical College since the Centre had already paid the full amount of Rs.171.10 crore or 90% of its share of the project.
She recalled that the state chief minister had assured the people that admission to Kohima Medical College would start from 2022-23.
Mahima also said the Centre had disbursed Rs 242.5 crore out of the latter’s total share of Rs 292.5 crore for Mon Medical College.
Mahima accused the ruling NDPP-BJP coalition of not being able to complete even one medical college in Nagaland even after the Central government had released its total share of the fund.
She remarked that State H&FW minister S Pangnyu Phom of the BJP should speak out the truth to the people and disclose that the Centre had released its entire share for Kohima Medical College and about 90% for Mon Medical College.
The AICC coordinator claimed that most of the projects such as government hospitals, schools, colleges and other infrastructure were conceived and constructed during the time of Congress rule.
In this regard, she assured the people that if Congress was elected to power, it would free Nagaland from the shackles of “politics of malice”, “politics of sloganeering”, “politics of skulduggery”, “politics of denigration” and “politics of ransom”.


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