Kohima: Opposition Naga People’s Front (NPF) has once again sought the intervention of Nagaland governor RN Ravi to conduct a thorough investigation on the state government’s “misgovernance and misappropriation of public funds” and to take appropriate action as per the law to ensure better governance in the state.
Questioning the sanctioning of Rs 30 crore to a private hospital, the NPF said: “While the free-of-cost, 30-year lease of land and buildings given to the private entity needs thorough probe, pumping an additional amount to develop the hospital is appalling.”
Nagaland health minister S Pangnyu Phom had earlier informed that a 200-bed acute care hospital is being set up at Christian Institute of Health Sciences and Research (CIHSR) in Dimapur by the state government at a cost of Rs 30 crore.
The party recalled that the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the state government, CMC Vellore, and Emmanuel Hospital association in 2005 does “not speculate in any of the clauses that the government of Nagaland is obligated to make any investment during the lease period”.
The party alleged that even as the state government has “magnanimously given away land and built-up structures to private party for free”, there are no visible profitable returns for the state and its people.
“When the other hospitals in the districts of Nagaland are hardly running due to resource crunch, the government of the day has the audacity to willfully neglect them and reward a private entity for whatever reasons best known to the PDA government,” the NPF said, adding that rampant misuse of public funds needs to be dealt by the law enforcing agency.
With the state reeling under health emergency, the party said that equal importance and sufficient funds and manpower should be prioritised for all district hospitals, community health centres (CHCs) and primary health centres (PHCs).
The NPF also expressed fear that with the present pace of work and situation, the Kohima Smart City’s iconic project will fail to meet its required targets.
Following the selection of Kohima for the smart city project, it said that an amount of Rs 1,000 crore was sanctioned by the government and an amount of Rs 196 crore was only released for the project during 2016-17.
“However, it was learnt that more funds from the Centre were not released in time due to the state’s inability to give its share and further, rampant diversion of funds from the Smart City Project to other projects against the guidelines without proper approval by the present government,” the party said.
The party said that the state government’s “hypocritical stand” of asserting that there are no resources to provide the state’s share for the mega ‘Smart City’ project, and at the same time spending crores on acquiring land for Chiethu Greenfield Airport, which does not need immediate attention, and paying private entities in the name of fighting COVID-19 will “ultimately bring the affairs of the state to a standstill”.
Further, the NPF reiterated its fullest support with the party legislature wing’s representation submitted to the governor which sought for an “independent inquiry by a central investigating agency into the misappropriation and embezzlement of public funds by the NDPP-led PDA government”.
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