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Opposition NPF has once again accused Neiphiu-led PDA government of making false claims regarding funds received from the Centre.
In a statement issued by its press bureau, NPF claimed that then DAN government under the leadership of TR Zeliang had managed to secure Rs 185.09 crore for the State from Niti Aayog and Union Ministry of Finance. The party further claimed that the money was sanctioned on November 8, 2017 at the initiatives of former chief secretary and the State’s Rural Development department.
The special sanction for 2017-18, which the party claimed was first of its kind provided to Nagaland, was released for areas not included in Part 9 and Part 9(a) of the constitution, the statement added.
According to the party, the State government was to clear three-year backlog of rural development grant-in-aid and matching cash grant, apart from schemes of communitised departments like School Education, Power, Public Health Engineering and Health &Family Welfare. It explained that the fund was to be released in February 2018 but, as the election model code of conduct came into effect, the matter had to be kept in abeyance till the Assembly election was over.
NPF accused Rio of going on a boasting-spree by announcing that his government would be distributing VDB allocation on April 24, calling the day as “Communitisation Day”, and inviting all village development boards and village councils on the same day at Kohima.
The party likened this to the proverbial hog sniffing and locating truffles the whole day but, at the end of the day, a dog leaping in onto the scene and taking all credit.
NPF advised the PDA government in the spirit of fair play and decency to give credit to the earlier government as and when it was due, and not hog the limelight on false pretences as if it was famished for attention.