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DIMAPUR, SEPTEMBER 29 (MExN): The All Nagaland College Students’ Union (ANCSU) and the Eastern Nagaland College Student’ Union (ENCSU) has expressed dismay over the decision of the State Government to disburse the Post-Matric Scholarship (PMS) for Schedule Tribe (ST) students of Nagaland for the year 2017-18 only on installment basis.
A joint statement issued by ANCSU and ENCSU on Saturday said this decision of the state government is contrary to the agreement made that full payment shall be given to the beneficiaries while anticipating the remaining amount from the central government after the state government submit the SIT report.
The agreement was made during meeting with the department officials, Commissioner & Secretary, Higher & Technical Education and the concerned Minister for Higher & Technical Education, the joint statement said.
While terming it as an ‘insult and a direct challenge’ that an agreement made should not be honoured, the two student bodies has reiterated its earlier demand that the students’ community shall not accept partial payment (installment basis) and that full amount of scholarship should be given to the beneficiaries.
The joint statement also sought to point out that the first installment amounting Rs. 6.14 crore for payment of PMS to the ST students of Nagaland was sanctioned by the central government (2017-18) on May 2, 2017 as 1st Installment (ad-hoc grant). The total required amount for the year PMS 2017-18 is Rs. 30,60,17,435/- including 10% state matching share for 29,130 beneficiaries.
However, due to delay in submission of SIT report for the year 2010-2015, the central government was not releasing the remaining amount, it stated while adding that the central government is ready to release the remaining amount of PMS after submission of SIT report by the state government.
Towards this, the joint statement wanted to know the reason for the continued delay in submitting the SIT report for the year 2010-2015.
Lamenting that the students are being victimized for no fault of their own, the joint statement has demanded that the SIT report, without any manipulation, be put in public domain at the earliest.
It also demanded that the concerned authority immediately stop disbursing the scholarship amount on installment basis while cautioning that it shall initiate own course of action if the government goes against its demands.