ENPO discontent with govt response to Tuensang fiasco 

Writes to Gov for disciplinary action 


Morung Express News
Dimapur | June 2

The Tuensang fiasco is not over yet. The Eastern Nagaland Peoples’ Organisation (ENPO) wrote to the Nagaland Governor today seeking the latter’s intervention to hold the Nagaland state government officials accountable for alleged insubordination that resulted in transporting returnees from Chennai quarantined in Kohima to Tuensang without waiting for confirmatory COVID-19 test results. 

A senior ENPO leader told The Morung Express today that it was not happy with what he termed as governmental reluctance to initiate disciplinary action against the officials responsible for the debacle. 

“We have submitted a representation to the Chief Minister on May 28 demanding action within 3 days. But the government ignored our demand and instead ordered a judicial inquiry,” said the ENPO leader. 

A copy of the representation to the Governor stated, “It is to be stated that in a representation we have demanded that the action should be taken within three (3) days, failing which we shall take our own course of action, and for which the state government shall be held fully responsible.”

However, it held that the state government “has not taken any action in this regard even after the expiry of dateline.” It warned of “undemocratic public movement in the (Eastern Nagaland) region” if its call to action is not met by the state government. 

The leader said that it amounted to flouting of government protocol on the part of the officials to allow the returnees to move without waiting for the results. While stating that the shortage of accommodation is understood, he said, “Protocol states that without test results, they cannot take returnees from point A to B. What more evidence do they need? It was criminal negligence.”

According to him, the fault lay at the top of the chain of command and it would not be hard for the government to locate from where the directive came.  

 “Let’s hope for the best. We have confidence that the Governor would do something," he added.