Lok Janshakti Party’s (LJP) Meghalaya president Jamil Ahmed

Guwahati: Lok Janshakti Party’s (LJP) Meghalaya president Jamil Ahmed has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking him not to shift the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes’ (NCST) Northeast regional office from Shillong.

The LJP state chief issued a statement on Sunday opposing the attempts to shift the NCST office from Shillong. Ahmed said that the efforts to shift the office “is unwanted” and argued that the current office is situated at a central location in context to Northeastern states. He said the office could execute its activities and take care of programmes for the welfare of Schedules Tribes of the Northeast including Sikkim.

The LJP leader also expressed his disappointment over the fact that there is not a single representative from the Northeastern states in the commission.

The Bihar-based party also asked the PM to upgrade the Shillong office of the NCST to a zonal headquarters and to a directorate level to control the whole Northeastern region. The party further urged that each state shall be controlled by assistant/ deputy/ additional director.

In the letter to the PM, Ahmed termed “the idea of shifting” as “detrimental”. The leader raised the issue of lack of staff in the office and said in the statement, ‘‘We are informed that there is only two permanent staff at the rank and files of office peon and chowkidar whereas there should be 10 more staff right from the post of assistant director which had been lying vacant since 2016. The post of superintendent is also vacant since 2017.”

The LJP leader also highlighted that the officer-in-charge of NCST, Shillong office, is now under redeployment or holding dual charge along with its Jharkhand office.

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