Minister accused of ‘vote bank politics’

Dimapur, January 12 (MExN): The Unit Congress Committee, Phek Town allege that Nagaland’s Minister for Health & Family Welfare Küzholüzo Nienu, has stooped down to an all-time low by playing ‘petty vote bank politics’ in the distribution of medicated mosquito nets in Phek town. A press note issued by Vetsohu Chuzoh, president and Senokha, general secretary (Adm.) Unit Congress Committee, Phek town stated, “From what was learnt, the Minister had lifted 2000 insecticide impregnated bed net (IBN) from the State Program Officer (SPO) of National Vector-Borne Diseases Control Program (NVBDCP) and handed over to the president, NPF Unit Phek Town. The Minister had allegedly instructed the NPF workers to submit the beneficiary list to him personally. The NPF Phek Town Unit in its meeting with the Colony representatives had instructed them to distribute the mosquito nets to NPF workers and supporters only, saying it was gifted by the Minister. In keeping with the instruction, some colony representatives distributed the bed net to NPF workers and supporters only.”  
The Unit Congress Committee, Phek town though the note condemn such act of partisan on political party line, and said “ The Minister for H & FW should be above party politics knowing fully well that sickness or for that matter mosquito bites can affect anybody irrespective of age, sex, caste or party color.” The unbecoming discriminatory action of the Minister was not only shameful but also highly unethical, the unit stated.
The Unit Congress Committee, Phek town on behalf of the deprived people also demanded to know from the department concerned, if there is a V.I.P quota in the demand/supply and distribution chain of IBN. It further asked, based on what criteria the Minister was issued 2000 nos. of IBN for distribution in Phek Town only.  The Unit also questioned what the laid down technical criteria are, under NVBDCP guideline to qualify for receiving IBN and who are the designated people to distribute the IBN; the Unit Congress Committee, Phek Town also demands that for the sake of transparency, the colony-wise post-distribution beneficiary list in respect of Phek town as submitted by NPF workers should be made public.