Scholarship issue: Govt assures sternest action against guilty

Scholarship  issue: Govt assures sternest action against guilty
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Dimapur, June 4: Nagaland Chief Secretary today assured the citizens of the state, especially the students’ community that the matter of students’ scholarship is of utmost importance and the Government has taken every possible measure to ensure that students’ scholarships are not withheld nor misappropriated in any manner.
He said the present state Government has ensured that students scholarships were released timely in the most transparent manner and all details have been put on the website.
“We will continue to take all measures to safeguard the rights of the students’ fraternity,” he assured.
He further stated that the state Government is taking up the issue of scholarships in the most serious manner and on the allegations of the misuse for the period 2014 to 2016, as per the report of the CAG, an inquiry by the Nagaland Lokyukta is already underway.
Stating that the inquiry by an independent constitutional authority would bring out the facts, he assured that if any misappropriations or misuse is found on the part of any person or official, the sternest action as per the laid down laws would be ensured.
He also said the state government is seized of the matter and it would not allow any one to hold the government to ransom and it would be ensured that the guilty are punished and at the same time governance is not disturbed by any undemocratic means.
On the agitation by the students today, the Chief Secretary stated that the agitation carried out by the student leaders today was undertaken without the approval of the district administration and police and did not have the clearance as per the laid down rules.
The Chief Secretary claimed that students belonging to educational institutions pursuing academic careers were gathered and made to undergo hunger strike in the state capital without any precautionary measures like water tankers, doctors, ambulance etc. However, no serious untoward incident took place.
He further said the administration, police and law enforcing agencies observed utmost retrain and were prepared to allow peaceful demonstrations to take place but when it was observed that the gathering was being incited, it became obvious that breach of peace in the state capital has taken place, the authorities stepped in and detained the student leaders to ensure that peace prevailed and that young innocent students should not be put to risk.
The Chief Secretary further stated that the student leaders were released and no further detentions were carried out, adding the students also dispersed from the place of agitation in a peaceful manner. (Page News Service)