NSF gives 2 weeks to Govt to complete investigation into scholarship issue

NSF gives 2 weeks to Govt to complete investigation into scholarship issue

Dimapur, June 5: While appreciating the Government of Nagaland and ANCSU in sorting out the issues amicably through verbal assurance, the Naga Students’ Federation today pressed upon the Government that verbal commitment without action would not be accepted by the Federation.
In its emergency meeting held today, the NSF deliberated on the charter of demands raised by the ANCSU to the state Government.
On the scholarship issue, the NSF said that sufficient time for the investigation has already elapsed and to give two weeks further time to complete the investigation is reasonable.
The NSF said it would follow the progress and expected copies of the investigation report/chargesheet. It said the Lokayukta should complete the investigation pertaining to the scholarship issue within two weeks time and that charge-sheeted officials should be immediately suspended.
In regard to ANCSU’s charter of demand pertaining the setting up of the Nodal Cell, NSF reiterated that Nodal Cell should be constituted whereby:
It said the Nodal Cell should function as a separate entity of the Higher & Technical Education Department, Government of Nagaland. It suggested that there should be a seven member committee within the Nodal Cell headed by the Commissioner & Secretary, Higher & Technical Education. The committee should include the following members: Commissioner & Secretary as Chairman; Director, Technical Education; Director, Higher Education; Nodal Officer in the rank of Deputy Director/Jt. Director from Higher Education Department; Nodal Officer from Technical Education Department; Representative from NSF and representative of ANCSU.
The NSF said funds allocated by the Centre and all students’ related schemes should be directly transferred into the accounts maintained by the Nodal Cell. The scholarships should be released to the students latest by the month of August each year.
In regards to Kohima Science College land encroachment issue, the NSF said the report of the Commissioner & Secretary to Chief Minister has shown the entire measure of lands within Kohima Science College taking into account of all the Government structures including the illegal occupants/ private and the free lands. The said report has been submitted to the Deputy Commissioner, Kohima for further action.
Stating that 8 months have passed since the said report is under the custody of DC Kohima, the NSF demanded to know the status of action taken on the report dated 24.10.18.
The NSF expected the Government to give the status report and action taken within the period of 30 days from the date of receipt of the communication from NSF office. Copies of the status report and actions taken, thereby, endorsed to NSF within the specified period.
The Federation also demanded that all land encroachment issues in the district colleges and polytechnic institutions must be immediately recommended for proper land survey and land belonging to the institutions must be immediately settled for proper land survey and land belonging to the institutions must be retained.
In relation to the demand of the ANCSU for advertising the 110 post of Assistant Professors, the NSF asked the State Government to follow the due procedures of law in matters of public employment.
Stating that the NSF cannot allow the quality of education of the students to be compromised by randomly resorting to back door appointments, the NSF said within the reasonable time of two months the Government should issue public advertisement calling for all qualified and interested candidates to participate in the recruitment process.
If this reasonable demand is not met by the Government, the NSF would have no other option, but to resort to its own course of actions.
NSF urged upon the Government to settle the issues with utmost seriousness and sincerity with the urgency it deserves. (Page News Service)