‘To stop training of new police recruits’
Dimapur, February 18: The Naga Tribal Union Chumoukedima Town (NTUCT) has demanded setting up of an independent inquiry committee to probe illegal appointments in the State Police Department.
In a press release, the union made it clear that till such inquiry committee is constituted and submit its report, no cadre (genuine or bogus) will be allowed to report and undergo training at Chumoukedima.
The NTUCT also warned the Police Department of “serious law and order problem” if they forcibly try to go ahead as planned for training new police recruits without fulfilling the demand of the public and also ignoring steps to be initiated as assured by the Chief Minister in the floor of the State legislative assembly.
The union also demanded from the State Deputy Chief Minister, who holds the Home portfolio, to clarify his statement made on the floor of the assembly that “272 were appointed through open recruitment”, saying there is evidence of only 206 appointed through open recruitment. “The remaining 66 which are of higher ranks, remains a mystery,” it said.
Stating that out of the total vacancies of 1698, the Deputy CM admitted that altogether 120 candidates were appointed leaving 400 posts still vacant, the NTUCT pointed out that it is not 400 by 498 posts. “Here too, 98 remains a mystery. What is he (DyCM) trying to do again with these vacancies,” it asked.
“While going through details of the selected candidates, one can clearly see that no rationality I n terms of merit and tribal considerations was maintained at all,” it claimed.
Seeking clarification from the Deputy CM, the NTUCT said, “When a leader is elected and inducted a Cabinet minister, he becomes the leader of the state and is expected to treat everyone equally and not have special considerations for his tribe or his own constituency alone.”
Also expressing displeasure at the State Government failure to resolve the issue of backdoor appointments in the police department in the just concluded assembly session in spite of serious anomalies committed by the department, the union said failure to adopt any resolution to rectify the wrongs clearly manifest lack of seriousness and concern over the issue by the Government.
“The intentional delay and premeditated side-stepping of the loud voice of the people all over the state shall, instead of dying down as presumed by the authority, may instead flare up to a horrible dimension, the consequence of which shall be wholly borne by the Govt.” it warned.
While appreciating the assurance given by the CM that a committee shall be set up to suggest measures for fair recruitment in the police department, the union, however, expressed surprise that the CM has maintained “an eerie silence” over the backdoor appointments totaling to around 1000.
“We would like to hear from him what his government plans to do with these illegal appointments. Is his Government willing to rectify the glaring illegality committed by one of his Cabinet ministers, or is the Government simply going to condone the wrong,” it asked. (Page News Service)