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3 Delhi-based Naga student bodies appeal to CM

DIMAPUR, MAY 19 (NPN) | Publish Date: 5/19/2020 1:04:20 PM IST

Three Delhi-based Naga student organisations have appealed to chief minister Neiphiu Rio to relax norms for availing the one-time assistance of Rs 10,000 offered to citizens of Nagaland struck in different parts of the country who chose not to return.

In separate representations to Rio, Delhi Ao Kaketshir Telongjem (DAKT), Lotha Students’ Union Delhi (LSUD) and Delhi Eastern Naga Students’ Union (DENSU) alleged that many who had opted to stay back did not receive the one-time financial assistance and sought his intervention into the matter.

DAKT president Rongsensuwa Jamir, general secretary Repatemsu Jamir and information & publicity secretary Sungjemsola Imti, in their representation said many Nagas had lost their jobs due to the lockdown and were facing economic hardships, adding that the financial package of Rs 10,000 announced by the State government came as a relief. 

However, they claimed of having received reports of many stranded Naga people, both students and youth, complaining of not receiving the amount and urged the chief minister to look into the matter urgently.

Mentioning that the State government’s May 12 notification had stated that the assistance would be provided to citizens who chose not to return, the organisation said it assumed that everyone would be included. However, later notification and information on the website iamstranded.nagaland.gov.in mentioned that the offer was exclusively meant for those who had filled up the return declaration form and opted to stay back.

Claiming that this failed to meet the concern of the stranded people, DAKT urged Rio not to exclude anyone voluntarily staying back. DAKT leaders said they had also received complaints that the State government’s helpline was not always responsive or accessible, and called for ensuring that the helpline was manned 24x7. 

Meanwhile, LSUD president Amos Humtsoe and general secretary Corrina Khyojano Humtsoe in their memorandum said though the financial assistance had helped many stranded Nagas, there were also many who did not and called upon the chief minister to investigate the manner. 

Claiming discrepancy in the initial notification and the one issued subsequently on the financial assistance, the union urged the State government not to neglect those who had volunteered not to go back. Mentioning that transporting and burial of dead bodies had also become a huge challenge, LSUD appealed to the government to come up with proper strategies to deal with such cases. 

On the other hand, not denying that the financial assistance had helped many individuals, DENSU president Yangtikhum Sangtam and general secretary Metba K Phom, in their representation to the chief minister, said many had also claimed of not having received the amount. Hence, they urged the government to look into the matter.

The union also called for relaxing the existing norms for offering financial assistance to only those who had submitted their declaration form by including everyone who had volunteered not to return to Nagaland.

 

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