Naga People’s Front (NPF) has reacted to reports that appeared in a section of local media that Neiphiu Rio-led People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) government had announced some major changes in recruitment and composition rules of Nagaland Public Service Commission (NPSC).
In a statement issued by its press bureau on Tuesday, NPF accused chief minister Neiphiu Rio of “snatching” credit for something in which his government had no hand, but was hogging the limelight “for all the wrong reasons”.
Explaining the sequence of how the amendments and reforms in the recruitment rules of NPSC came about and under whose leadership it was passed, the statement recalled that Public Service Aspirants of Nagaland (PSAN), comprising young and dynamic civil service aspirants, had raised their voices for effecting change in the recruitment rules.
PSAN activists under the aegis of Public Coordination Committee (PCC) had held a protest meet at Secretariat Junction in Kohima in December 2017, after which an invitation was sent out by then chief minister TR Zeliang. Thereafter, PCC leaders held two rounds of meetings with Zeliang at the chief minister’s residential office, in which the latter assured that their demands would be met. Subsequently, in the cabinet meeting that followed, the demands of PSAN were approved, along with the much-discussed Lokayukta Bill, 2015, the release pointed out.
NPF said “Now for the unabashed PDA government to hijack good deeds of the past NPF-led government is most obnoxious.” It said to think that such reforms could be initiated even before the PDA could settle its internal disputes arising out of portfolio distribution and without convening a single sitting of the cabinet to discuss the issue was beyond any sensible person’s imagination.
Demanding that credit for bringing about transparency and meritocracy in the highest recruitment body of Nagaland should go to the daring and wise decision of the then chief minister, the party added that efforts and sacrifices of PSAN and other groups too could not be undermined.
It insisted that the much chanted “Change is coming” mantra of PDA must be manifested in reality “while refraining from stealing accolades for things they have not done”.
Announcing that NPF was ever ready to play the role of a constructive opposition for the welfare and development of the State, the party asked whether the PDA government was willing to work in accordance with the wishes and aspirations of the people. A puppet leader could not lead his people, the party opined.
Stressing that to be a leader one needed to sacrifice a lot for the welfare of his or her followers, NPF cautioned Rio that leading from the front without caring to look back and pacify his flock could sooner or later give room for his followers to desert him completely.