Congress leaders from Nagaland have met party President and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi and apprised her about the situation arising out of drought-like condition in the state.
A delegation led by NPCC President K V Pusa and CLP leader Chingwang Konyak on Thursday submitted an assessment report on drought relief measures in Nagaland, which had experienced drought-like situation during monsoon adversely affecting agricultural activities in the state.
Pusa said the Congress chief appreciated the initiatives in assessing the state’s requirements and assured them to examine the report so that the drought affected people could avail some relief schemes.
"The union government and the UPA Chairperson would like to see that this time funds reach the targeted people and do not go to the pockets of a handful of people who are in power," he claimed.
Seeing the track records of the DAN government in implementation of development schemes, the Pradesh Congress took initiative to make the assessment of drought relief measures and decided to take up the matter with the central leaders as how some mechanism could be put in place so that real affected farmers get the benefits from the Centre, NPCC president said.
Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio recently met the state Congress leaders and assured them that the drought relief funds would not be 'misused' this time and all affected farmers, irrespective of political affiliations, would get the equal share.
While submitting its report to the centre, the state government estimated the drought relief measures at Rs 74 crore while the Pradesh Congress put the state’s requirement at about Rs 100 crore after visiting all the districts of Nagaland recently.
After the visit, the NPCC alleged that the NREGA funds were not properly utilized in many parts of the state and the ruling dispensation was only doling out money to its party workers and supporters without creating any sustainable rural assets.