MDM Scheme discrepancies: NSF demands CM’s immediate action

Kohima, October 27 (MExN): The Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) today alleged that there are many discrepancies in the implementation of Mid Day Meal (MDM) Scheme under the Department of School Education, and demanded “immediate attention and necessary action” from the Chief Minister.


“Almost all the schools do not provide the facilities as per the guidelines and in the approved manner for implementation and some schools have not even provided MDM even once for the academic session of 2017,” the NSF maintained in a representation to the Chief Minister TR Zeliang.


Such actions have entirely deprived and denied the students of their rightful benefits and rights, the NSF said in the statement released to the media here by its President Kesosul Christopher Ltu and General Secretary Imtiyapang Imsong.


The discrepancies were discovered, it said, during the process of thorough physical verification of Government Schools undertaken by the NSF and its federating units to ascertain whether the MDM Scheme was “implemented as required and ought to be.”


“We are amazed to discover precisely contradictory scenarios and the schemes never reached the grassroots for whom the project was intended for,” it noted.


During the verification, the Federation had concluded without “any unreasonable doubt,” that the amounts sanctioned for the Scheme were siphoned off by “some unscrupulous elements,” the NSF alleged.


In this connection, it demanded the initiation of proper and effective strict disciplinary measure to penalize the defaulters of the implementing agency.


The NSF also asked the Chief Minister expedite the investigation process being undertaken by the State Vigilance Commission “through Case No. R.C.-05/2016 and R.C.-9/2016 for investigation into irregularities/mismanagement of Mid Day Meal Scheme.”


The report should be submitted within 45 days, it added.


Delay in scholarship unethical, says NLSF


Dimapur, October 27 (MExN): The Nagaland Law Students Federation (NLSF) today said that the period for clarification, rectifications or justification by the Higher Education Department regarding “unwanted acts” of delay in disbursement of scholarship has elapsed.


The apathy of the Higher Education Department towards the earnest plea of the students for their scholarships is questionable, unethical and blatant neglect of its duty, NLSF stated in a press note issued by its General Secretary Medochutuo Kiewhuo and Information&Publicity Secy, Roland Zeliang.


The objective of scholarships is to provide financial assistance to the students to manage their educational requirements and the delay as well as giving out the same in installment basis is a first of a kind by any state, it said.
It is pathetic and bear signs of inefficient and unaccountability of the department and a clear violation of the provisions and encroachment on the genuine rights of the students,” NLSF maintained.


The Central Ministry duly sanctioned the amount on time as it is a centrally sponsored schemes and the delay is evidently a procedural lapses and negative system of the machinery, it pointed out.


When the neighboring states have duly disbursed scholarship within the stipulated time, why Nagaland Government has adopted delaying as a continuous practice? NLSF questioned.


It further indicated that “Non-furnishment of Utilization certificate of Rs 1344.00 lakhs to the Ministry of Tribal Affairs” could be the reason behind the current crisis saying, “It will make sense to the department.”


In this connection, the Federation asked the Higher Education Department to release the scholarship fully “within 7 days without delay or face the law before appropriate arbitrator.”


If any students/entities want to pursue their rights and remedy, kindly contact any executives of the federation, it added.