• Set up separate cell for scholarship schemes
• Put Class-III non-gazetted posts under NPSC purview
• Against regularization of employees on contract basis
Morung Express News
Kohima | December 12
The All Nagaland College Students’ Union (ANCSU) on Tuesday submitted a memorandum with four charter demands to the Chief Minister of Nagaland urging his government to make an alternative arrangement in disbursing the Post Matric Scholarship (PMS) of the ST students in Nagaland.
The ANCSU has further appealed to P.B Acharya, Governor of Nagaland for his immediate intervention. This was informed by Katho P. Awomi, President, ANCSU during a press conference held at the ANCSU office, Naga Club building.
The other demands include setting up a separate cell/nodal department for implementing and initiating all scholarship schemes, to revoke the P&AR office memorandum of October 26, and opposition of August 11, 2016 P &AR (O.M vide NO. AR-5/ASSO/98).
Highlighting the demands of the memorandum, Benjong Longchar, Vice President & Chairman Grievances Committee, ANCSU reminded that the Ministry of Tribal Affairs is yet to sanction the second and final installment of the PMS for which the students in Nagaland are going through untold hardships because of the constant delay.
“The ANCSU is not convinced with the assurance made by the Government on December 7 that the Government is making efforts for release of the remaining amount of PMS before Christmas,” said Longchar. He said the government should immediately make an alternative arrangement for payment of the remaining amount of the scholarship to avoid further misunderstandings.
“The state government becomes unstable every 3-4 months. They hurriedly make resolutions and decisions solely for their own interests,” lamented Awomi.
On demand for setting up a separate cell/nodal department, the students’ body explained that different scholarship schemes are initiated by different respective departments, which create confusion among the beneficiaries and causes delay every year. Therefore setting up of a separate cell for all the scholarship schemes would help in easing the problem and confusion faced.
The ANCSU is also demanding for revoking of the Oct 26 Office Memorandum (vide NO. AR-3/Gen-174/2007(pt) dated 26th Oct 2017), which had directed the filling up class-III non-gazetted posts through Departmental Recruitment Board and thereby staying away from the purview of NPSC.
Also opposing the August 11, 2016 P & AR O.M vide NO. AR-5/ASSO/98 which ensures the regularizing of the government employees appointed on contract basis under different departments with completion of 3 years in service, the ANCSU asserted that such regularization will deprive the due rights of aspiring candidates.
“The employees appointed through backdoor appointment are directly or indirectly taking the full advantages of deserving candidates through fair and competitive examinations. The ANCSU shall not sit back and agree on such partial policies,” stated the ANCSU.
The ANCSU has vowed that it will go out to any extend if the demands are not fulfilled before 2018 especially on the scholarships of the students in Nagaland.