Nagaland govt constitutes enquiry committee, ANCSU calls off protest

Kohima, October 17 (MExN): The All Nagaland College Students’ Union (ANCSU) on Saturday called off its ‘digital protest’ after the Government of Nagaland formed a three-member enquiry committee to probe the fund utilisation at Khelhoshe Polytechnic, Atoizu (KPA), as demanded by the student body.

The committee will be headed by Kenilo Apon, Commissioner and Secretary for Water Resources department as chairperson; Peter Lichamo, Deputy Commissioner of Zunheboto and Lhoubeizoto, Audit Officer, Treasures and Accounts as members, according to a notification issued by the Chief Secretary on October 17. 

The committee will look into the fund utilisation in relation to the North East Quality Improvement Programme (NEQIP) scheme at KPA and submit its report within three months.

Updates from the DIPR informed that the scheme was funded by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi, for strengthening of institutions in terms of infrastructure, faculty competence and quality of teaching, research and consultancy, improve learning outcomes and employability of students.

The fund amounting to Rs 3,71,60,000 was directly transferred to the Institute in instalments during 2013-14 to 2015-16, it stated.

Meanwhile, ANCSU issued a press release on Saturday, acknowledging the action of the state government, which it said, has ‘betokened hope’ in the state government that it will usher transparency and justice. It also acknowledged ‘the unremitting participation of the ANCSU union units, students and well wishers in the digital protest.

The ANCSU acknowledge the action of the state government which has once again betokened hope in the state government that usher transparency and justice.

“Notwithstanding the notification of the state government, the ANCSU cautions that in the wake of inability to conclude an impartial enquiry report within the stipulated time, the union shall resort to any intensive democratic protest,” it cautioned.