Sunday, August 14, 2022

CSU slams Patton for backward quota remark

Chakhesang Students’ Union (CSU) has slammed the state deputy chief minister Y Patton over his purported remark that Chakhesang tribe should be removed from the Backward Tribe reservation.
In a press release, CSU president Avezo Kevin Kapu and general secretary Pei Kezo claimed that Y Patton, during CNTC function, said “the Chakhesangs are more advance than the Ao, Lotha and the Sumis and therefore, the Chakhesang tribe should be removed from the BT reservation”.
The apex Chakhesang student body maintained that it considered the deputy CM’s statement as “an ill intent to create division among the Naga society on tribal line”.
CSU stated that “such dirty intent” should be condemned by all intellectual student organization and all right-thinking citizens of the State “to avoid further cracks in the Naga society.”
Further, CSU said that the “careless and irresponsible statement” of deputy CM questioning the policy of his own government was “shocking and unbelievable”.
CSU reminded that the Backward Tribe (BT) reservation policy was created by the state government based on the information available before the policy makers and legislated by the assembly. It said that BT reservation policy has mandatory provisions for periodical review after every 10 years. However, CSU said due to the failure of the successive governments the policy could not be reviewed and updated thus denying the deserving sections of the community to get full benefits.
It alleged that the state government had put all the BT reservation committee reports namely “Banuo Committee Report – 2008”, the “Kevichusa Committee Report – 2010” and the “Temjen Toy Committee Report – 2010” in cold storage and their findings were never brought before the assembly for review nor amendment. Therefore, CSU said the BT reservation policy had failed to live up to its objectives till today.
Rather than reviewing the outdated policy, CSU said the state government has been “arbitrarily modifying” the reservation guidelines to suit its “political interest” violating all the established norms of quota distributions at the same time creating arbitrary roster policy.
CSU lauded the state government for creating 33% job reservation, which benefited the community immensely for the last five decades. CSU, however, said that except job reservation benefits, the Chakhesang tribe was deprived from all other benefits such as backward region grant fund (BRGF), which was extended to all the BTs and some advance tribes except the Chakhesangs.
Further, it said that benefits such as special grants, border area development fund and other packages meant for BTs were denied to the Chakhesangs.
CSU also said that Chakhesangs was the only tribe among the BTs to be excluded from DUDA.
CSU expressed shock that in the last teachers’ recruitment also, the Chakhesangs were the only tribe among the BTs that had been segregated and isolated “for reason best known to the government.”
On claim of Chakhesang being more advanced than Ao, Lotha and Sumis, the CSU sought to know on what basis the deputy CM made “such utterances particularly targeting the Chakhesang Community inciting the CNTC constituent units.”
Meanwhile, CSU said that the present executive notifications were in total contravention to the reservation policy and violative of the Supreme Court guidelines that sub-classification of the already classified group was bad in law and there cannot be reservations within the reserved category.


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