Kohima: The Nagaland government has set up a three-member Judicial Inquiry Committee to investigate the transportation of Chennai returnees to Tuensang from Kohima on May 26.
In a daily briefing, Principal Secretary Home Abhijit Sinha informed that the committee will be headed by L N Sema, District & Session Judge (Rtd.) as Chairman, Advocate Akum Jamir and Advocate Yangthsapila Sangtam as members.
Sinha informed that the committee “has been constituted by the State Government to inquire into the matter regarding transportation of the stranded returnees to Tuensang from Kohima on the 26th of May 2020″.
“The terms of reference of the Committee is to inquire into the circumstances, the logistical arrangements under which the inbound Tuensang returnees were transported to Tuensang and whether the Standard Operating Procedure formulated by the State Government regarding the transportation of the returnees was followed, among others. The Committee will complete the inquiry and submit its report within 15(fifteen) days from the date of issue of the notification,” he informed.
The notification comes after a representation was issued by the Eastern Nagaland Peoples Organization regarding “action against government officials involved in deliberate violation of Standard Operation Procedures (SOP) and related matters”.
The term of reference include inquiry on the circumstances, timings and logistical arrangements under which the inbound passengers were transported to Tuensang and whether there was “lack of co-ordination between the task forces of sending and receiving districts”.
Nagaland In-service Doctor’s Association resent transfer of Health Principal Secretary
The Nagaland In-Service Doctors’ Association (NIDA), through an open letter to the chief minister, expressed “strong resentment with regard to the untimely release of Principal Secretary, H&FW with immediate effect”. It demanded the state government to “immediately revoke the transfer order” of the officer “since there is not valid reason for his removal”.
Signed by Dr Ritu Thurr, President NIDA and Dr John Kemp, General Secretary NIDA, the letter read “Under his leadership, the Department has been able to step up effectively its preparedness and response. Whereas, the Department is fully satisfied with the performance of the present incumbent thus far, the Association is shocked and dismayed to learn about the hasty removal of the Administrative Head of Department”.
“Such ill-timed decision would have rippling adverse effect on the morale across the rank and file of the Department during this unprecedented crisis,” it said.
NIDA said that “if the reason for this order [transfer] is based on the recent handling of the transfer of quarantine inmates to the districts, then NIDA demand that same yardstick be applied to all the heads of the various committees involved in facilitating the returnees so that the enquiry committee set up by the Government can have independent and impartial hearing”.
Pending the enquiry based on the representation from certain organization, NIDA demanded the Government to “immediately revoke the transfer order since there is no known valid reason for his removal and that change of guard at this juncture will have negative impact in the overall management of the present situation.”
Should this genuine demand not be addressed favourably, the association will resort to further course of action, which may affect the fight against COVID-19 and other essential health services all over the State, it warned.
Meanwhile, Ahola Those, IAS, Commissioner & Secretary, Art & culture has been transferred and posted as Commissioner & Secretary of the Health & Family welfare department and the Health Principal Secretary was relieved of the charge, through an order issued by the chief secretary on may 30.