NGRC-1 CU attributes bad roads to corruption
DIMAPUR, AUGUST 17: NAGALAND Government Registered Class-1 Contractors’ Union (NGRC-1 CU) has attributed bad roads to corruption where the systems were not followed such as awarding works in ‘Table Tender’ thereby inviting the practices of deduction of certain percentages as commission for ministers, bureaucrats and taxation both legal and illegal.
Calling to put a stop on such practices, it said politicians instead of giving excuses of not having money for roads should first stop practicing the so called ‘commission/ party fund’ but to strictly follow the rules and norms as laid down in NPWD Code as well as CPWD Code and do away with the works which are in total violation of all ethics of technicalities.
Meanwhile, NGRC-1 CU has shared solidarity with the tribal hoho of both Lotha and Rengma, youth/ students/ women and Lotha–Rengma Class-1 Contractors’ Association for protesting against the bad road particularly the NH-2 crossing the Rengma and Lotha areas which has been neglected for the last several years.
In a joint statement, NGRC-1 CU president, Seyiekuolie and the general secretary, L Pukhato Shohe, the two communities’ fight for good road was genuine and beneficial for all citizens in the State. It said citizens have the right to demand for good roads adding the government as a welfare state is responsible for all the bad roads.
NH-2 is one the life-lines of the State and its citizens deserve good roads, the union maintained. It said the State as well as the Central governments must listen to the cry of the people as bad road in State has been the major public grievances. It cited instances where serious patients had to be airlifted from different districts to Kohima or Dimapur due to deplorable road condition at the cost of selling off valuable properties.