Wednesday, February 8, 2023

NTUCT firm on fighting ‘backdoor appts’ in Police dept

After it had pointed out over 900 alleged backdoor appointments in the state police department, the Naga Tribal Union Chümoukedima Town (NTUCT) on Thursday asserted that the union was committed to fight the legal battle till final justice was delivered
The matter is pending before the court and the Gauhati High Court, Kohima bench has listed the matter for hearing next week.
NTUCT, in 2020, had also prevented the training of the fresh police recruits at the Police Training School (PTS) and Nagaland Armed Police Training Centre (NAPTC) Chümoukedima.
In a press note, NTUCT president Lhousito Khro pointed out that 11 writ petitions were filed before the court by 26 educated unemployed youth seeking quashing of 935 appointments made in the Police department during the period January 2018-October 2020 allegedly through the backdoor.
The plea of the educated unemployed was that the posts be advertised and opportunity be given to them, the 935 respondents and all eligible candidates.
After hearing the parties, he said the court granted an interim relief to the petitioners in all the 11 writ petitions, while directing the Police Department “… that no further appointment shall be made to the post of Constable under the Nagaland Police establishment without making open advertisement.”
Through the order, he mentioned that the court had curbed the menace of backdoor appointments to the post of constables in thousands, as yearly recruits are allegedly taken in the Police department depriving eligible candidates educated unemployed Naga youths the opportunity to apply through open advertisement or face selection process in the spirit of competitiveness.
He alleged that the issue of backdoor appointments in the department was long ongoing.
He claimed that NTUCT had in February 2020 first raised objection against the recruitment of about a thousand constables through backdoor without advertisement.
Khro recalled that NTUCT had demanded cancellation of appointment orders and serving an ultimatum of not to allow the constables recruited through the backdoor to undergo screening and training at Nagaland Armed Police Training Centre (NAPTC), Chümoukedima, which fell under its jurisdiction.
He claimed that the NTUCT’s stand was supported by all tribal hohos, including Phom People’s Council and Phom Students’ Conference, Sangtam Students’ Conference, Zhadima Students’ Union, Northern Angami Youth Organisation (NAYO), etc, who too opposed screening and training of the backdoor appointees in battalions under their respective headquarters after NTUCT did not allow at NAPTC Chümoukedima.
With the rapid rise in unemployment among the educated youth of Nagaland and amid the rampant backdoor appointments in all State government departments and agencies, Khro said the outcome of writ petitions could open many doors for those seeking public employment.
Reiterating that it was committed to fight the legal battle till final justice was delivered, the union thanked the Nagas, particularly well-wishers, who had been helping the union in cash or in kind for the noble cause.
He requested to continue praying for the advocates who were also giving their best free of cost for the welfare of educated unemployed Naga youth.

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