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DIMAPUR: According to sources it is reported that the Eastern Naga Students' Union Dimapur (ENSUD) has release a statement stating that it is likely to agitate against the State's Government for its indifferent and "non cooperative attitude" towards the full release of post-matric scholarship, a scheme of the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India.
This was resolved at a joint meeting convened by ENSUD with students from eastern Nagaland affected due to non-release of scholarship, and their parents, held here at Town Hall on Monday. The students are currently studying in institutions such as University of Mewar, Divya Jyoti College, Adhunik College, International Group of Institution and Mewar Girls College.
It may be mentioned the ENSUD had, in the last two years, admitted some 300 students from eastern Nagaland to undergo various technical and other courses in some private institutions and universities by assuring them that their admission and hostel expenses would be realized from the scholarship scheme of the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India, and that the students did not have to pay any money.
However, many students were compelled to leave the institutions as they did not receive the assured scholarship to pay their admission and hostel fees.
Earlier, ENSUD in a representation to Nagaland Chief Minister dated July 6, 2016, stated that ENSUD Education Initiative Committee in the year 2014-15 and 2015-16 had admitted Eastern Naga students in four colleges and one university under the post matric scholarship scheme of the Ministry of Tribal Affairs.
"But due to non-release of full amount of scholarship, the students are facing lots of hardship and since all the students are from economically weaker section of the society, they are fully dependent on the early release of their scholarship and without that their studies will be jeopardized," the representation stated.
The Union also reminded that under the post-matric scholarship scheme of Ministry of Tribal Affairs, any Scheduled Tribe (ST) student whose parent's annual income is below Rs. 2.5 lakh is eligible to apply for scholarship provided she/he studies within India. They mentioned that the ST students from Nagaland have not received the full amount whereas ST students from other states in the same colleges and universities have received their full scholarship.
Further, student representative from Mewar University, T. Thomas Konyak, said during their meeting with officials of Ministry of Tribal Affairs GOI, the officials had held the State Government responsible for not showing interest in the matter unlike other states and remarked that the Ministry of Tribal Affairs was willing to assist if the State Government shows interest.
ENSUD in the representation had given July 9 as deadline for the Chief Minister to respond—while the CM had assured them of a reply within 10 days, no response has been forthcoming to date. Now, the Union has said it will be compelled to take its own course of action.
At the meeting, the ENSUD also furnished copies of a communiqué of the Ministry of Tribal Affairs dated February 4, 2016, which stated that an amount of Rs.26, 46, 34, 161 (Rupees twenty six crore forty six lakh thirty four thousand one hundred and sixty one only) was to be sanctioned and released to the State Government of Nagaland as "full and final" installment under the scheme of post-matric scholarship to ST students for the year 2015-16.
ENSUD expressed resentment that despite the representation to the CM and release of scholarship fund by the Centre, the affected students were yet to get their full share of scholarship.
Both the former and present president of ENSUD briefed the parents and affected students on the steps taken so far by the Union in the fight for justice. Affected students and parents also gave suggestions on how to resolve the issue keeping in mind the welfare of the students.
They questioned the State Level Committee set up for this for not coming up with any findings and reports. In the face of further silence, the students concluded that they were liable to agitate.
(Via Morung Express)