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ENCSU erect black flags in protest

Correspondent KOHIMA, DEC 6 (NPN)
Published on 6 Dec. 2017 11:21 PM IST
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Eastern Nagaland College Students Union (ENCSU) continued the third phase of its agitation by putting up black flags across Kohima town and in the four districts of Eastern Nagaland. Volunteers also put up black flags at the directorate of Higher Education.
The protest is against non-release of the second instalment of post matriculation scholarship. 
Talking to Nagaland Post, ENCSU president Longre Chang said more than 200 ENCSU student volunteers took part in the stir. 
ENCSU said that the protest passed off peacefully with active student participation to send a message of strong resentment against the government and the Department of Higher Education (DoHE). Longre Chang recalled the recent meeting with the department officials and said the comment of the secretary of Higher Education that the department had no intention of inviting the ENCSU but the chief minister had directed them to do so, was very humiliating.
Chang added that if government does not respond, ENCSU will chalk out the fourth phase of the agitation, likely to begin after December 10. ENCSU called upon all Naga students to extend their support until their demands were met.
It said that the ENCSU was fully committed to the fight for justice until the students’ due share was released in full. 
It further said that the department should not take advantage of the suffering of “your children/Naga students” and questioned why the department and government are hiding the wrong they have perpetrated instead of admitting their fault and declaring the truth “so that people may see the clear picture.” 
ENCSU warned the government to release the full amount of the scholarship by December 8 failing which it warned that the department would be held responsible for any untoward incidents. It also reminded the government to respond to this ultimatum within two days.
Should the department fail to fulfil their demands, the ENCSU appealed to all the Naga students to be “prepared mentally and physically” for the next course of action.
ENCSU said that the union was also aware of the unspent Rs. 2.8 crore for the year 2015-16, as stated by the DoHE in the Utilization Certificate to the Ministry of Tribal Affairs. The department had also said that the amount would be credited to the 2016-17 beneficiaries, the union added. In this regard, the union demanded that the amount be added to the amount for the 2016-17 beneficiaries.
ENCSU said it would be compelled to dig deeper if the department failed to meet its demands.

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