ANCSU concedes to another assurances of govt; calls off hunger strike & bandh

ANCSU concedes to another assurances of govt;  calls off hunger strike & bandh
ANCSU vice present Benjong Longchar (L) and general secretary Vimeyiekho Vitso (R) addressing the media in Kohima on June 5

Kohima, June 5: Though the All Nagaland College Students’ Union (ANCSU) started the indefinite hunger strike strongly declaring not to accept any more assurances from the government but only action, it has once again conceded to the ‘immediate action assurance’ of the State government and called off the hunger strike and while also the indefinite bandh in Dimapur called by the 19 colleges affiliated to it.
The decision to call off the hunger strike and also the Dimapur bandh was announced by ANCSU vice president, Benjong Longchar and general secretary, Vimeyiekho Vitso during a press conference held tonight at their office in Naga Club building.
The ANCSU leaders expressed satisfaction over the assurance of the government to “immediately” initiate action on the 5-point charter of demands, including the siphoning of Rs 1.32 crore technical students scholarship fund for 2014-16 and demand for resignation of Director of Technical Education Arjun Singh for not revealing the names of those involved, which was one of the reasons for ANCSU launching the Hunger strike yesterday that led to police personnel resorting to harassment of the agitating students dispersal.
The decision of ANCSU comes after the officials held deliberation with the State Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio in presence Minister for Higher Education and Technical Education, Temjen Imna Along and other cabinet ministers at the Chief Minister’s Residential office here this afternoon, said vice president Longchar.
Longchar said during the meeting, Chief Minister Rio and Minister Along regretted on the harassment being caused to the students’ community yesterday and expressed sincere apology for the assault towards the students and arrest of the ANCSU leaders upon innocent students.
He also informed that the state government have agreed and assured to meet the demands of the ANCSU as under:
On Scholarship issue, the state government expressed its serious concern on the misappropriation of the state technical scholarship funds, he said. While condemning such illegal practice, the government has assured to impress upon the investigating agencies for early report and assured to take stern action against the officers/staffs involved.
The government has agreed to keep away the incumbent Director, Technical Education from the responsibility of holding the office and if needed will be suspended until the reports are finalized for fair enquiry.
Longchar informed that the state government has agreed and assured to immediately set up Nodal Cell to implement all kinds of scholarship schemes in Nagaland.
He also said that the government has agreed and assured to settle the Kohima Science College land issue by making alternative arrangements and initiating necessary actions for the welfare of the college. The matter, he said as per the assurance, will be discussed in the Cabinet meeting of the government on June 10 next.
On recruitment of 110 posts of assistant profession through NPSC, he said the government has agreed and assured to immediately take necessary action and send the sanctioned post under Higher Education Department to be recruited through Nagaland Public Service Commission.
Maintaining that the state government has agreed and assured to take all necessary measures in implementing the scholarship schemes fairly, he said the government also assured to have investigation on the scholarship schemes that benefits the students.
Meanwhile, ANCSU acknowledged the Chief Minister for lending his ears to the genuine demands of the students’ community.
It also thanked the Naga Students’ Federation, Nagaland Law Students’ Federation, Diphupar Naga Students Union, All Sumi Students’ Union (SKK), Eastern Nagaland College Students’ Union, Nagaland Public Rights Awareness and Action Forum, Nagaland Voluntary Consumers’ Organization, Dimapur Sumi Students Union, Highway Area Sumi Students Union, Niu-Land Area Sumi Students Union, Tenyimi Students Union Dimapur, Aghunaqa Area Students Union, Khaghaboto Ares Students Union for the unflinching support and the also various organizations and seniors of ANCSU for showing solidarity to the union in fight for justice.
ANCSU condemns Chief Secretary’s statement; Says agitation ended brutally not peacefully
The ANCSU has condemned the statement of the Chief Secretary Temjen Toy in saying that the agitating students were dispersed peacefully by the police, which appeared in the newspapers on June 5.
ANCSU general secretary, Vimeyiekho Vitso termed Toy’s statement as totally contradictory to what actually happened during the agitation.
Such misleading statement by a responsible officer in the State Civil Secretariat has irked the students community, who actually faced the water cannon, lathi charge and tear gas from the police.
Several students sustained minor injuries while the police tore the blazers of some student volunteers, which cannot be termed as peaceful and therefore we condemn the Chief Secretary statement, he said.
Narrating the incident, two students who are also the leaders of student councils in prominent colleges of the state capital said, “We had gone to the site in solidarity with the ANCSU officials for a peaceful dharna but it was the police who started violent act”.
“The police harassed us like cats and dogs while also pushing and chasing us till Tinpatti junction,” said president of Kros College Students’ Council Viketuonuo Kikhi. “As students we are physically and emotionally hurt,” she sobbed.
Vice president of Baptist College Students Council, Tongpang while terming the Chief Secretary’s statement as ‘totally false’ said ‘we were brutally charged by the police’.
On reports of students pelting stones on the police, he said, “Since the police started pushing and pulling us while also hurting some students with lathi charge, we retaliated in self defence and not to create violent situation.
He also said that two of the students also fainted while escaping from the police, besides some students got physically injured.
Nonetheless, he expressed happiness that the goal of the agitation was achieved and that they accept the apology tendered by the Chief Minister and Minister in-charge of the Department.
ANCSU summons Benjamin Yepthomi & Vimeno Liegise
The All Nagaland College Students’ Union (ANCSU) has taken serious note of Benjamin Yepthomi, president of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) Nagaland for threatening the president of ANCSU over a telephonic conversation and summoned Benjami to appear before the office of ANCSU on June 10.
In a summon letter issued to Benjamin Yepthomi, ANCSU vice president, Benjong Longchar and general secretary, Vimeyiekho Vitro said that failure to appear before the Union, it would pursue the matter legally, and that Benjamin would be held fully responsible if any harm is caused to the president, ANCSU in any manner.
In another issued to Vimeno Liegise, vice president, Naga Women Hoho Dimapur, the Union said it is shocked and disturbed by her statement during the total bandh called by Dimapur based college students in showing resentment against the state Government for not fulfilling the genuine demands of ANCSU.
The Union said Vimeno Liegise alleged that the ANCSU leaders have demanded a sum of Rs 15 lakhs from the Director, Higher and Technical Education.
In this regard, the ANCSU summon Vimeno Liegise to appear before the ANCSU to clarify her stand as claimed on June 10 with valid evidence, failing which the ANCSU would pursue the matter legally.
(Page News Service)