Demand for revoking appointment of 994 police recruits

DIMAPUR, MAR 19 (NPN) | Publish Date: 3/19/2020 12:35:32 PM IST

The issue of 994 backdoor appointments in police department continues to generate much heat with both political and non-political organisations calling for revoking these appointments.

ASUD: Taking a serious note of the alleged 994 backdoor appointments made under the Home department, Ao Students’ Union Dimapur (ASUD) demanded immediate revocation of services of all the employees absorbed in the department through illegal means. It called upon the student community and civil society organisations (CSOs) to join hands in order to keep a check on such “unprincipled acts” committed by those occupying high position in the government.

The union also encouraged unemployed youth of the State to learn to stand on their feet instead of wilfully giving in to backdoor means, which defeated the very purpose of pursuing education. There were so many avenues outside the government sector to keep oneself employed, “if we only learn to open our eyes and see where opportunities lie,” it pointed out.

Asserting that it always had and would stand for the welfare of student community, ASUD also declared that should there be any need, it was ready and willing to go to any length until the erring leaders did justice to the aspirations of thousands of deserving candidates of the State by revoking the appointments. This was stated in a press release by union’s president Moayanger Jamir and general secretary Neken Walling.

TSUD: Tenyimi Students’ Union Dimapur (TSUD) too announced extending support to and expressed solidarity with the demand of Dimapur Naga Students’ Union (DNSU) and Naga Tribal Union Chumoukedima Town (NTUCT) for cancellation of illegal backdoor appointees, besides supporting Naga Students’ Federation’s (NSF) ultimatum for setting up Nagaland Staff Selection Board (NSSB).

Strongly supporting DNSU and NTUCT’s calls for cancelling the appointment of 994 candidates in the police department recruited without open recruitment except for the 206 posts advertised, TSUD in a press release issued by its president Rukewezo Wetsah and finance secretary Pechesin Bukh expressed its “exasperation” at the extent of illegal backdoor appointments and declared “enough is enough”.

It also appealed to the “good conscience” of the backdoor appointees to voluntarily rescind their appointments so that all people of the State, irrespective of their status or connections, could get equal opportunities. 

“Everyone deserves equal opportunity and we have been reeling under this illegal practice for so long and it depends on us as students and youth to ensure it did not continue for our brighter future and posterity,” the release stressed.  

Announcing its support to NSF’s demand for constitution of NSSB, TSUD appealed to the PDA government to listen to the voice of students and youth for justice, equality and tranquillity in the State.

JD-U: Mentioning that the issue of backdoor appointments in the police department, particularly the recent 944 appointments, had dominated front pages of dailies in the State and provoking the mind of every-right thinking citizen, Janta Dal United (JDU) Nagaland unit said random appointments in excess of the sanctioned strength without proper screening test in the police was a matter of serious concern as the police personnel were expected to be tasked with security of the people.

The party observed that the menace of backdoor appointments had been plaguing the force for the past several decades due to factors that were “actually controllable”. 

JDU felt that the recent issue should be taken up in a wholesome approach encompassing the irregularities that had been committed over the past several years so as to set things right once and for all. 

Backdoor appointments: LSU against selective targeting of departments
Lotha Students’ Union (LSU) has announced its support to any move against backdoor appointment, but through a holistic approach and not selectively. 
Mentioning that no State government department was an exception to this menace, union’s president Ashanthung Humtsoe and general secretary Pithungo Shitio in a release demanded that every department should be checked and not anyone in particular. It also declared not to support any partisan attempt in addressing the issue of backdoor appointments, adding it stood for justice, equality and fairness for all.
Reiterating its opposition to any form of backdoor appointments in any government departments, LSU however regretted that the whole issue was unfortunately diverted recently in print media through selective approach by targeting only a particular department, which exposed “apparent vested interest and ill-intention”.
Wholeheartedly supporting the gist of recent statements issued by different organisations, the union observed that they had made some bold remarks with the intention of curbing the prevailing corruption in the State, but it stressed that the same yardstick should be applied to all the departments. The apex Lotha student body pointed out that while it strongly believed that the intention of those organisations about corruption was relatable, their silence on other departments was not. And as a student body, it said everyone had a collective responsibility to fight the evil “... and we cannot choose which evil to fight and whom to call evil”. 
The organisations should have fought the issue of corruption on a holistic approach and not just single out one particular department, thereby exposing their thought process, the release added.
Stating that chief minister Neiphiu Rio had already clarified on the issue and assured in the last session of Nagaland Legislative Assembly of constituting a committee soon under the police department to look into the existing system of appointment, LSU wondered if those organisations were aware of that. But if they knew it and still continued to attack one department, then it showed they were biased and their intentions apparent, the release emphasised.
Reiterating its strongly support to the demand of Naga Students’ Federation for setting up Nagaland Staff Selection Board as this would curb corruption in the system, LSU called upon all right-thinking citizens of  the State to stand firm by joining hands and fight together the evils that persisted in the society and not let favouritism or bias influence “our actions”.

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