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ANCSU ‘digital protest’: 50k emails sent to govt officials

KOHIMA, OCT 12 (NPN): | Publish Date: 10/12/2020 1:35:54 PM IST

All Nagaland College Students’ Union (ANCSU) began its first phase of indefinite “digital” protest from Monday against the State government’s failure to set up an inquiry commission to probe utilisation of Rs 3,71,60,000 under AICTE-NEQIP at Khelhoshe Polytechnic Atoizu (KPA), Zunheboto.

As part of the digital protest, ANCSU president Vimeyiekho Vitso claimed that the union, on the first day, sent 50,000 emails to top government functionaries, including chief minister’s office, minister concerned, chief secretary, government polytechnic officials and others.

He said at least two lakh mails would be sent to these account on the second day and one million on the third day.

He warned that if the government still remained silent on the demand, then the protest would be intensified beyond digital mode by visiting the departments concerned to sensitise the officials about the need for constituting the probe panel.

Speaking at a press conference here on Monday, ANCSU president Vimeyiekho Vitso regretted that the State government paid a deaf ear to its demand of setting up an inquiry commission even after expiry of a 30-day ultimatum served to the chief secretary on August 31.   

Noting that the government was striving towards rebuilding the economy and healthcare, he clarified that the union did not wish to sabotage the welfare efforts in any manner.

Mentioning that the digital protest was also being carried out on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook, the ANCSU president said the chief minister, minister concerned, chief secretary and department concerned were being tagged. He said 39 union units have been directed to send at least 1,000 messages to the email accounts.

Vimeyiekho assured that the agitation would be peaceful and would not disturb the society in any way because of the COVID pandemic. 

He clarified that ANCSU was not only protesting against fund utilisation at KPA but also to take cognisance of similar scheme implementation in other institutes.  

He remarked that KPA was one of the oldest educational institutions not only in Nagaland but in the entire North East. However, he regretted that its condition was in a sorry state. He explained that as per the AICTE-NEQIP scheme, KPA was supposed to upgrade its machineries, purchase machineries, carry out developmental work like improving infrastructure, buildings, roads connectivity, laboratory, library etc.

He further clarified that All Nagaland College Students’ Union was not blaming any individual for the mismanagement but demanding setting up of an inquiry commission, which would exposed those involved.

 

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