Kohima, Aug. 25: Poor governance and rampant corruption in Nagaland is now drawing criticism from leaders within the Naga People’s Front (NPF), which heads the Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) government.
Former Nagaland commissioner T.N. Mann, who is now an adviser to the NPF, said in a statement issued today that compared to other states of the Northeast, that face similar obstacles to development, Nagaland was lagging way behind. “Do we have to feel helpless and be resigned to our fate?” he asked.
He said the people of Nagaland had failed to perform their duties and resist when their rights were blatantly violated, infringed and grossly neglected by various government departments.
“We are all silently suffering and tolerating” he said.
The NPF adviser slammed the state government for the poor condition of roads in the state. “Just go and make a comparison with roads in other places,” he said.
There have been protests to improve the roads since last year but all the government has done is give assurances.
“The quality of life in any society is determined by the happiness that prevails in the people’s lives. And happiness is derived from availability of basic services such as good roads, electricity, water, healthcare and efficient enforcement of law and order that instils a sense of security,” he said.
Mann said the state government had failed to provide basic facilities and the Naga organisations had been tolerant of negligence and failures of the government.
A few ostentatious private estates, however, do not reflect the general economic well-being of the people, he added.
“The cardinal principle for the success of democracy is enlightened, proactive public awareness and enforcement of citizens’ right and duties. Learn to point out any failure and appreciate good initiatives by the government in power,” Mann said.
The fundamental duty of the state government is to perform as a welfare state and efficiently enforce the law, he said.
“The purpose of law is to prevent exploitation of many by the unscrupulous few, uphold justice, right the wrongs and regulate society for the common benefit of all,” he said.
The Opposition Congress said the NPF-led DAN government had misled the people for 10 years by promising plenty but giving nothing on the ground.