NEET: Orgns oppose issue of certificates

DIMAPUR, JUL 19 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/20/2018 12:24:59 AM IST
After All Nagaland College Students’ Union (ANCSU) and Naga Students’ Federation (NSF)-- Central Nagaland Tribes Council (CNTC), Nagaland Tribes Council (NTC) and Zeliang People’s Organisation (ZPO) have expressed concern over selection of candidates from Nagaland for undergoing MBBS, BDS and other professional courses under the State’s reserved quota allegedly due to random issuance of indigenous certificates. 
NTC through its media cell stated that in the event of such anomalies, the department of technical education must get the matter verified from the state election department as per the criteria laid down in the Notification No. AR-8/8/76 dated April 28, 1977, wherein 1963 Electoral Roll was made the basis for determination of indigenous inhabitant’s status. 
Asserting that it was serious about the issue, NTC said that “casualness and apathetic style of handling” the crucial issue of this magnitude was creating bad precedence putting the future of children at stake. “If the government of the day does not bother about the welfare of the indigenous Nagas of Nagaland, for whom does it stand?” NTC asked. 
It also questioned for how long the state government would ignore those district authorities flouting the existing laws in issuance of important certificates in rampant manner.
In this regard, NTC has urged the government to institute inquiries into the activities of the erring officers who had “undermined the fundamental rights of the sons of the soil.” 
Technical education department should be directed to rectify the errors so committed as it cannot be allowed to “play with the career of our children”, NTC said. According to NTC, it had already warned the state government not to go ahead with JEE (Main) 2018/CSAB NEUT-2018 without making rectification on the notification No.DTE/CSAB-NEUT/1//2018-19. 
In its representation to the chief secretary, NTC said it had reminded that affirmed there were only 14 recognized Naga tribes and two Non-Naga tribes in Nagaland with classifications made for Advance and Backward Tribes. 
NTC pointed out that there were established laws to determine Citizenship status, recognition of tribes and reservation policy in the state and respective departments were bound by the rules or guidelines as per the law of the land. However, NTC said that ironically, for reasons best known to government, the department was not relenting to rectify its detrimental policy. 
CNTC: Central Nagaland Tribes Council (CNTC) has expressed serious concern over the random issuance of indigenous certificates to people who were not originally from Nagaland for undergoing MBBS, BDS and other professional courses under state reserved quota. 
CNTC through its media cell also expressed dismay that some district administrations did not properly verify the documents and issued certificates to people from outside Nagaland.
The council warned that it would not remain a mute spectator and allow some vested individuals from various quarters to “take advantage or manipulate our rights when our children’s future is at stake.”
Therefore, CNTC has appealed to the responsible student bodies also to verify those selected candidates about to undergo various courses through NEET and NSEE 2018. 
With employment scenario in the government sector becoming scarce and competitions becoming tougher coupled with ever increasing aspirants, CNTC said “we it cannot afford to let people from outside the state come and steal away our opportunities and prospects.”
CNTC underlined that genuine indigenous people of Nagaland must not be deprived at any cost to accommodate some outsiders.
ZPO: Zeliang People’s Organisation (ZPO) has extended its solidarity and support to parents of aspirant candidates of NEET 2018 and All Nagaland College Students’ Union (ANCSU) expressing concern over selection of doubtful non-indigenous Zeliang candidates and seeking proper verification of such cases. 
In a press release, ZPO asserted that children of such parents who were although in the service under the Government of Nagaland but fell short of criteria in accordance with the State government notification of April 28, 1977 had no legitimate right to even endeavour to avail privileges meant for the indigenous tribes of Nagaland. 
The organisation explained that it was constrained to intervene in the matter following a the notification issued by Directorate of Technical Education and published in all local newspapers on Wednesday regarding provisional selection of candidates on the basis of NEET 2018 for undergoing studies in various under-graduate courses in MBBS, BDS, Ayush & homoeopathy in 2018-19 as doubtful candidates had allegedly been selected
According to ZPO, this was not the first instance when the respective district administration, though sufficiently empowered and responsible for conducting verification about the candidates’ indigenous status, had failed to screen them properly. And this enabled many to obtain ST certificates, it alleged.
The organisation pointed out this practice was acting as an obstacle in selecting right and deserving indigenous candidates of Nagaland.

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