DIMAPUR, MARCH 13 (MExN): The All Nagaland College Students’ Union (ANCSU) has sought the intervention of the newly elect Nagaland Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio on the non disbursement of the Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS)-Post Matric Scholarship (PMS) for ST students of Nagaland for the year 2016-17.
In a representation addressed to the Chief Minister, ANCSU president Benjong Longchar and general secretary Vimeyiekho Vitso informed that the 4th installment of the CSS-PMS for the ST students of Nagaland for the year 2016-17 have not been sanctioned by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs till date.
The constant delay in releasing the 4th installment amounting to Rs 7, 71, 73,310/- (Rupees seven crore seventy one lakh seventy three thousand three hundred ten only) by the Ministry have gravely affected the student beneficiaries at large, it stated.
As a consequence, a total of 11335 student beneficiaries from 69 private and governmental institutions have been deprived in receiving their due share for the year 2016-17, which all the while have created further confusion among the students.
The students’ union also pointed out that the state government had agreed to take all necessary arrangements for the payment of scholarship to the beneficiaries. However, to the dismay of the student community, the government is yet to fulfill the genuine demands and wishes as promised, it added.
In this connection, the ANCSU has sought immediate intervention from the Chief Minister to make sure that the 11335 student beneficiaries are not deprived of their due rights. It also cautioned that the students union should not be held responsible for any “untoward situation” arising out of non fulfillment of their demand.