NEET 2018: Indigenous inhabitant issue resurfaces

NEET 2018: Indigenous inhabitant issue resurfaces
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NTC seeks verification of ‘doubtful candidates’

Dimapur, July 19: The Nagaland Tribes Council (NTC) has expressed shock over the presence of doubtful candidates that had qualified for eligibility cum entrance test (NEET) 2018 which was declared on June 25.
The NTC said in the event of such anomalies, the Department of Technical Education must get the matter verified from the State Election Department as per the criteria laid down in the Notification No. AR-8/8/76 dated 28th of April, 1977 where 1963 Electoral Roll was made the basis for determination of indigenous inhabitant’s status.
In a statement, the NTC reminded that it had already warned the State Government not to go ahead with JEE (Main) 2018/CSAB NEUT-2018 without making rectification on the Notification No.DTE/CSAB-NEUT/1//2018-19 whereby the department of technical education had classified candidates for JEE (Main) 2018/CSAB NEUT-2018 into 4 categories.
Ten ethnic groups were placed in Category-I and another 10 ethnic groups into Category-II. The list goes on to 4 broad categories. Special emphasis was also made for Rongmei tribe (recognized) into Category-I and Rongmei (De-recognised) in to Category-III (ST).
The NTC reminded that it had in its representation to the Chief Secretary of Nagaland pointed out that there are only 14 recognized Naga tribes and 2 non-Naga tribes in Nagaland with classifications made for Advance and Backward Tribes. The remaining ethnic groups or inhabitants who are qualified by the criteria lay down in the Notification No. AR-8/8/76 dated 28th of April, 1977 is classified as indigenous inhabitants of Nagaland.
“There are established laws to determine citizenship status, recognition of tribes and reservation policy in the State and respective departments are bound by the rules or guidelines as per the law of the land. Ironically, reasons best known to Govt., the Department is not relenting to rectify its detrimental policy,” it said.
Stating that it is serious about the “casualness and apathetic style of handling the crucial issue of this magnitude by which bad precedence is being created whereby the future of our children is placed at stake”, the NTC asked, “If the Govt. of the day does not bother about the welfare of the indigenous Nagas of Nagaland, for whom does it stand? How long the State Govt. shall ignore those District authorities flouting the existing laws in issuance of important certificates in rampant manner?”
The NTC urged the Government to institute inquiries into the activities of the erring officers who had undermined the fundamental rights of the sons of the soil. It also asked the Government to direct the Technical Education Department to rectify the errors so committed as it cannot be allowed to play with the career of our children. (Page News Service)