Kohima, Aug. 23: In a queer turn of events, militants in Zunheboto district are upset that government employees are not doing their work.
Recently, militants locked the horticulture department office at Longleng to protest against poor attendance of officials. They directed all government officials to regularly attend their duties but the diktat has had little effect.
The Sumi Hoho, the apex organisation of Sumis in Nagaland, said it would not tolerate negligence of public services by government employees anymore.
Hoho president Hovishe Arkha said most heads of departments in Zunheboto were out of station most of the time, preferring to work out of Kohima and Dimapur. Some departments do not even maintain attendance registers. He said Zunheboto civil hospital was in a bad shape with only six doctors, 25 nurses and 50 beds whereas the Indian Public Health Standards stipulate at least 20-25 doctors and 100 nurses in every district hospital. There is also no emergency room at Zunheboto district hospital and the operation theatre is in a terrible state. He said the building of the government-sponsored higher secondary school at Zunheboto was also on the verge of collapse.
Organisations from Kiphire, Mon and Tuensang districts are also protesting poor governance. The Northern Angami Students’ Union has asked government employees in Chiephobozou and Botsa sub-divisions to attend office regularly.
The state government’s attempt to get officials to work is also not working. Even in the state capital, most government offices stay open from 11am to 2pm.