The Naga People’s Front (NPF) on Wednesday expressed “serious concern” over the state government’s financial management, accusing them of not maintaining transparency.
“The Government has not shown any of its collections and expenses proving the financial mismanagement of last year’s state budget 2020-21, 15% of pro-rata cut from non-plan collection and how it was spent was never disclose in public domain and for the year 2021-22 was increased to 20% from non-plan is also remained a secret,” a statement from the party said.
The opposition party questioned where the state government spent the money. Usually, the plan and non-plan chargeable head are under different categories of funding. After exhausting the ‘non-plan fund’ from the pro-rata cut, there is no sign of any developmental activities from the ‘plan fund’ in the state.
It said the health centres in the district headquarters and the sub divisions in rural areas have no allocations in the name of COVID-19. “Despite setting up of district disaster management authority in various districts there was no proper fund allocation which was supposed to be given to various management authority as they are considered the main ground-level workers,” the party added.
The party suggested that village council/town ward council/municipal council and various other civil societies and NGOs, who are the “main warriors in serving the public safety during this pandemic”, be given due recognition and allowances for their services rendered.
The frontline workers particularly, medical, security, police personnel who have been giving extra efforts should be given extra recognition and allowances, the party said.
“The Government should not take any advantage out of the pandemic for their personal benefit,” it said.
The party added that with the ever-increasing continuation of the mismanagement of the state fund and corruption, the chief minister has time and again “proved wrong in the eye of the general public”.
Further, it called upon the government to be “sincere and serious enough as the worst times are likely to hit the state if the present trend of corruption continues”.
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