Dimapur, July 3: The Nagaland Tribes Council (NTC) has expressed concern over the notification issued by the State Department of Technical Education classifying candidates for JEE (Main) 2018/CSAB NEUT-2018 into four categories whereby 10 ethnic groups are placed in Category-I and another 10 ethnic groups into Category-II.
NTC said the list goes on to four broad categories. Special emphasis was also made for Rongmei tribe (recognized) in Category-I and Rongmei (De-recognised) in Category-III (ST).
In a representation to State Chief Secretary, the NTC said it is aware of 14 Naga tribes and two non-Naga tribes in Nagaland where classifications were made for advance and backward tribes.
“The remaining ethnic groups or inhabitants who are qualified by the criteria laid 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 can frame rules or guidelines as per the law of the land,” it said.
The NTC said the recent notification issued by the Department of Technical Education in which major modifications were made is detrimental to the interest of the indigenous Naga tribes of Nagaland. “If the present rules and guidelines are allowed without rectifications and JEE is conducted on the basis of such rules, it will create bad precedence putting the future of our children in jeopardy,” it said.
The NTC urged the Chief Secretary to rectify the anomalies as stated at the earliest so that JEE norms will not contradict the existing law on recruitments and selection of candidates for higher and technical studies. (Page News Service)