NTUCT livid at govt’s failure to resolve backdoor appt issue in police deptt

DIMAPUR, FEB 18 (NPN) | Publish Date: 2/18/2020 12:41:45 PM IST

Naga Tribal Union Chumoukedima Town (NTUCT), on behalf of the public, expressed dismay at the state government’s failure to resolve the issue of backdoor appointments in police department in the just-concluded Assembly session in spite of serious anomalies and the issue been raised by opposition members. 

Extending its appreciation to the opposition MLAs for grilling the minister in-charge and the government for failing to give a satisfactory explanation over violation of police recruitment procedures, the union specified that failure to adopt any resolution to rectify the wrongs clearly exposed lack of seriousness and concern of the government over the issue. 

NTUCT cautioned that the intentional delay and premeditated side-stepping of the loud voice of people all over the State could, instead of dying down as presumed by the authority, flare up to a horrible dimension, the consequence of which would have be entirely borne by the government. 

Meanwhile, responding to his statement made on the floor of the House, NTUCT asked deputy CM, Y Patton to clarify on his assertion that 272 police men were appointed through open recruitment as it had evidence of 206, adding that the remaining 66 in higher ranks remained a mystery.

Out of a total 1,698 vacancies, Patton had admitted that 1,200 were appointed, leaving 400 posts still vacant. But the union pointed out that in reality it was 498. Mentioning that here too 98 remained a mystery, the organisation asked what he was trying to do again with these vacancies and asked Patton to clarify on these issues.

While going through details of the selected candidates, NTUCT said one could clearly see that no rationality in terms of merit and tribal considerations was maintained at all. 

Emphasising that after a leader was elected and inducted as Cabinet minister, he becomes leader of the State and was expected to treat everyone equally, and not have special considerations for his tribe or constituency, the union demanded that the deputy chief minister must clarify to the above queries. 

While appreciating the assurance given by chief minister Neiphiu Rio that a committee would be set up to suggest measures for fair recruitment in the police, NTUCT expressed surprise that he had maintained an “eerie silence” over the backdoor appointments numbering around 1,000. 

The union said it wanted to hear from him what his government planned to do with these illegal appointments and whether his government was willing to rectify the glaring illegality committed by one of his cabinet ministers, or it was simply going to condone the wrong.

Urging Rio to constitute an independent probe panel true to his commitment made in the Assembly on February 15 at the earliest, the union demanded that until it was constituted and submit its report, no cadre (genuine or bogus) should be allowed to go for reporting and training at any cost. 

NTUCT also warned the police department of serious law and order problem if it forcibly tried to go ahead as planned without conforming to the public demand and also ignoring steps to be initiated by the chief minister, as assured in the House. This was stated in a press release by union’s president Lhousito Khro.



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