Earlier, the Kohima Police had postponed the training plan citing ‘incomplete arrangement of barracks and other training infrastructure’

Kohima: Following the alleged backdoor appointment of police recruitment under the home department, as highlighted by a tribal body recently, the Chakhroma Youth Organisation (CSU) and Chakhroma Students’ Union (CSU) expressed its anger at the “lackadaisical attitude” of the department in “making random backdoor appointments in the police department”.

A joint press statement from the Chakhroma Youth Organisation (CSU) and Chakhroma Students’ Union (CSU), the apex youth and student body of the Chakhroma region, respectively, said that it is “flabbergasted at the lackadaisical attitude of the Home department for allegedly making random backdoor appointments in the police department”.

It said that an advertisement which was published on August 3 last year opened application for 208 vacant posts, out of which 225 candidates [including those candidates in the waiting list], were declared qualified. It therefore questioned as to how nearly 1200 appointments were made to undergo training. It added that it is “deeply angst and angered about the process of recruiting police personnel, who are supposed to be guardians of the rights of the citizens”.

“How will people with questionable appointments or persons appointed through unfair means protect the rights of the citizens or carry out their duties fairly. Is there any opportunity for the thousands of the qualified youths?” it questioned.

The bodies also acknowledged the NTUCT for “bringing to light and voicing out against the unfair means in recruitment of the police department”. It asked the home department to “to come out clean” and make “corrective measures” at the earliest. It lauded the chief minister for assuring to initiate an inquiry committee to review recruitment process.

Standing against the “illegal appointments of more than 900 police recruits”, it slammed the home department for “backdoor appointment in bulk”. Noting that such malpractices “scars the hope and aspirations of many unemployed Naga youths”, it warned that it will not remain a “silent spectator if the government doesn’t look into the matter”.

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During the recently concluded State Assembly, the opposition bench also questioned the minister in charge of Home department to address to the allegations. Providing statistical data obtained from the department, deputy chief minister Y Patton, who is also the home minister, said that recruitment to the vacant posts [other than the 206 posts advertised] was designated to the DGP Nagaland, Superintendent of Police and Commanding officers. He had also mentioned that for recruitment processes, the final consent of the minister-in-charge is not a requirement.

Patton also said that as per the P&AR notification, no advertisements are to be made for police recruitment, except for the new creation of IRB. However, the opposition bench continued to question if due process of recruitment was applied. MLA K Khalo and MLA Kuzholuzo Nienu, had also pointed out how 14 candidates out of a total of 15 candidates, appointed in the Intelligence (INT) branch belonged to a single tribe –Lotha.

Following these debates, chief minister Neiphiu Rio had said that it is about time that the appointment system in the state be reviewed, and that a committee will be set up to analyse and recommend a fair recruitment system.

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