Along regrets use of force against ANCSU activists

Correspondent KOHIMA, JUN 5 (NPN) | Publish Date: 6/5/2019 12:39:18 PM IST

Minister of Higher & Technical Education Temjen Imna Along has expressed regret for Tuesday’s incident when police had to use force to disperse activists of All Nagaland College Students’ Union (ANCSU) protesting against the misuse of scholarship fund and also the scholarship issue of 2014 to 2016.

Along, appealed to students to be patient and to give the law to take its own course while also reiterating that the department of H&TE had recovered the scholarship money and that the matter was being investigated by the state Lok Ayukta. He said this at a function organised by the BJP State unit here Wednesday to celebrate the return of BJP-led NDA to power under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

 In an attempt to assuage the sentiments of students, Along admitted that some student protestors were injured on Tuesday but maintained that this should not have happened. On the other hand, he also urged upon students to be more responsible as prior permission was required as per rule, to hold any protest. On encroachment of government land under Science College campus, he said the process began in 1982 and continued till 2008-10. 

He claimed that the PDA government was trying its best to resolve the matter but that nothing could be changed overnight.

Along maintained that the objectives of both ANCSU and state government was for the welfare of students.

The minister also disclosed that it was for the first time that a huge sum of Rs.40 crore was received from the Centre as scholarship in January 2019 and disbursed to student beneficiaries .Along also reasserted that he has been working for the students’ welfare and assured that anyone found guilty of embezzlement of scholarship fund would not go unpunished.

Deputy chief minister Y Patton, who attended the programme, also appealed to the student community not to go for agitation, while assuring that officials involved in misuse of scholarship fund would be booked.


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