Nagaland: ANCSU calls off protest as govt sets up committee to probe fund utilisation
Kohima: Following the setting up of a three member enquiry committee by the state government to probe the fund utilization at Khelhoshe Polytechnic Atoizu (KPA) in Zunheboto, the All Nagaland College Students Union (ANCSU) h called off the indefinite digital protest on Saturday evening.
ANCSU President Vimeyiekho Vitso and General secretary Imnameren Jamir informed that an enquiry committee headed by Commissioner & secretary of water resource department Kenilo Apon, IAS as chairman, and Peter Lichamo, deputy commissioner Zunheboto and Lhoubeizotuo, audit officer of treasuries & accounts as members, has been formed on Saturday.
The committee will submit its report within three months from the date of the notification.
Expressing resentment over the state government's inaction in setting up an inquiry commission to probe fund utilization of about Rs 3.71 crore for KPA under the AICTE-NEQIP scheme, the student body launched the digital protest on October 12. In three days, the students clogged the inboxes of top government officials with over a million message in protest.
The protest was called off after the government set up a three-member enquiry committee on Saturday. The ANCSU acknowledged the action of the state government saying that it has "once again betokened hope in the state government that usher transparency and justice".
The student body informed that as part of the digital protest, over 50,000 emails were sent to top government functionaries on the first day, over two lakh emails by the second day, and calls along with over ten lakh emails were sent on the third day of protest.
Although the protest has been called off on the mid-fourth day of the protest after a committee has been formed, the ANCSU cautioned saying "in the wake of inability to conclude an impartial inquiry report within the stipulated time, and the union shall resort to any intensive democratic protest".
The Scheme was funded by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi for strengthening of institutions in terms of infrastructure, faculty competence and quality of teaching, research and consultancy, improve learning outcomes and employability of students.
The fund was received by the Institute in instalments during 2013-14 to 2015-16 of a total Rs 3,71,60,000. A DIPR report said that the amount has been directly transferred to the beneficiary Institute.