ENCSU backs ANCSU on land encroachment issue

DIMAPUR, AUG 17 (NPN) | Publish Date: 8/17/2018 11:36:14 AM IST

Expressing anguish over the “current imbroglio involving the student community”, the Eastern Nagaland College Students’ Union (ENCSU) said it has unanimously decided to back the movement initiated by the All Nagaland College Students Union (ANCSU).

ENCSU through its media cell maintained that ANCSU’s stand was genuine and should be pursued for the sake of students, adding that it would not allowed future of the students and the fate of Nagaland to be compromised. 

Also, expressing dissatisfaction over the manner in which the state government handled the whole issue, the ENCSU alleged that some government officials and politicians with vested interests were “toiling to divert the actual cause.” 

Further, the union reiterated that grievances raised by ANCSU was genuine and in the interest of student community and the state at large. The union said the land encroachment issue was taken up in total consensus and coordination with the ENCSU. 

The union said they were equally concerned since land encroachment issue was not only confined to Kohima Science College, Jotsoma, but also various colleges across the eastern Nagaland.

As such, the union said ANCSU and ENCSU would raise the land encroachment issues of all the government institutions. 

In this regard, the union has demanded that the state government prevent land encroachment of all the government colleges in Nagaland to avoid any untoward consequences in future.

Meanwhile, ENCSU also expressed shock and dismay over the ultimatum served on ANCSU president, Katho P Awomi, by the Jotsoma Village Council (JVC).

ENCSU termed as “unfortunate” that JVC instead of using elderly wisdom to correct/guide/advice the student community “resorted to cheap intimidation and threats siding with vested interest individuals and parties.”

The union said ANCSU/ENCSU had never been against a particular group/village or community in the past and had always been about the student community including students from Jotsoma village. 

ENCSU, therefore, asserted that “such unqualified statement” was totally uncalled for and “definitely not in tune with the past actions of the JVC.”

‘Will not accept scholarship on installment basis

A day after the chief minister directed immediate release of the first instalment of scholarship for the year 2017-18 to the students, the Eastern Nagaland College Students’ Union (ENCSU) Friday said it would not accept disbursement of scholarship on installation basis unless the responsible department come out with official notification from the Ministry of Tribal Affairs.

In a press release, ENCSU president, M Longre Chang, and general secretary, Wangnei C Jessuhu, alleged that Post-Matric Scholarship for 2016-17 was misused by state government and delayed for many months until the union intervened leading to disbursement on instalment basis.

Demanding the release of scholarship at one go, the ENCSU urged the department and the government to understand the problem faced by students and accordingly work for the welfare of students.  The union has also appealed all the responsible students to remain alert.


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