A joint emergency meeting of Zeliangrong People Organization (ZPO) and Zeliang Students Union (ZSU) representing the recognized Zeliang tribe, the apex body of Peren district Nagaland was held on July 29 at Town Hall Peren. In the meeting the house appreciated Neiphiu Rio, chief minister, Nyeiwang Konyak, minister for school education, Tarie Zeliang, MLA, Angau I. Thou, mission director SSA for appointing teachers in single teacher run school in Peren district under SSA.
In press note Azu Newmai, president ZPO, Haigam Kauring, general secretary, ZPO and Kiesamyi Iranggaung, president, ZSU stated the house endorsed the decision of the government in appointing teachers to bring the Zeliangs as well as the district at par with the rest of the state educationally.
The house also requested the government to create more teachers’ post for Peren district as per the norms and criteria of the government. It stated the government ought to fully acknowledge and back such humane initiative.
The house also expressed the appointment of the teachers being the subject matter of the department of education headed by cabinet minister, was unbecoming of his cabinet colleagues in interfering into the affairs of the department by way of instigating and inciting some organization to raise up against the judicial appointment with the fabricated.
The meeting also viewed that the fate of Zeliangrongs could only be decided by the Zeliangs of the district and no other organizations had the right to interfere in the affairs of the indigenous inhabitant.
ZPO and ZSU also condemned T.R Zeliang, minister for planning and co-ordination for instigating handful individuals to rise up against the appointment order, and stated his intention to remove the ‘backward tag’ from Zeliang tribe was against development and welfare of the indigenous Zeliangs.
ZPO and ZSU also cautioned that in event of cancellation of the order by the government upon the pressure of the vested interest, persons/organization involved will be fully held responsible for any consequences. ZPO and ZSU also appealed the authority not to cancel/revoke order of appointment of teachers.
Meanwhile, ZSU, Nagaland in a separate release issued by its general secretary, Hiaranghing Ndang and president, Kiesamyi Iranggaung expressed resentment over the press statement labeled against the appointment of teachers in Peren district by so called “non-existing” tribe in Nagaland called Zeliangrong students.
ZSU clarified the action was “totally against” the welfare of the student community and the general public in the district, faking the name of so many organizations as their support to “camouflage their ill political gimmick as mandated”.
ZSU also questioned the identity, genuineness or credit of the union’s existence in regard to their claim over the resolution on July 28 at Peren town stating no resolution was adopted nor approved and the resolution was “purely against the will” of the attendance in the house. “Only some vested individuals had twisted the meeting procedure and tried to cover up their evil intention”, it added.
ZSU also alleged it was a shame, student leaders questioned the integrity and wisdom of someone heading the administration of an organized system, whether it was the Mission Director of SSA, director of the department or the minister as though they were illiterates.
The union claimed that Zeliang tribe in Peren district which is amongst the 16 recognised tribes of Nagaland enjoys the legitimate right to decide and speak for the welfare of its community.
In the light of Zeliangrong students high claim of concern for the public over the issue of appointment teachers, ZSU questioned whether they were “deaf and blind” or complacent over other issues such as National Rural Health Mission and DRDA programmes which every sensible citizen was now pondering as important issues.