Backing the demand of its federating units to terminate district inspector of schools (DIS), Tuensang from his service, for his alleged involvement in “book selling scam”, the eastern Naga students’ federation (ENSF) Tuesday urged state government and the responsible department to urgently address and fulfill their demand.
ENSF’s federating units including confederation of Chang students’ union (CCSU), Yimchunger akheru arih-ako (YAA), united Sangtam students’ conference (USSC) and Khiamniungan students’ union (KSU) April 12 had demanded authority responsible return text books to Tuensang and that erring officer be terminated from service without pension and other service benefits.
Strongly condemning the act of DIS Tuensang, the ENSF, in a statement issued by its general secretary Changsang Soted, said the justification of DIS that books were outdated was also questionable, as many schools in villages under Tuensang did not receive the text books in past years.
Substantiating its statement, the ENSF said the issue of text books shortage was discussed during the inauguration of Sochum Chingmei (under SSA) additional chief secretary Banuo. Z. Jamir, and department officials had assured to issue sufficient text books to Tuensang and directed DEO Tuensang to present exact enrollment for the same.
Also, accusing the district administration and department responsible of ignoring the action of DIS, the ENSF said their act was also questionable and that they were equally responsible for corrupt act, as DIS being a sub-ordinate official.
“The government and the department and the concerned department in issuing bail order for the DIS Tuensang arrest in Assam assumes further that they are part of the scam,” the federation said.
The ENSF has noted that such acts indicated “direct neglect and intentional targeting of the eastern Nagas in all round development and social drawback of the eastern Nagas among the rest of the Nagas.”
It also pointed out that such act of fellow Naga officials was condemnable and uncalled for, when Nagas were striving for greater unity in social, political and economic spheres.
The federation insisted that government promptly address the issue before it led to any misunderstanding among Nagas.
The ENSF also demanded that proper action be meted out to responsible “corrupt officials” as demanded.