Kohima: Nagaland Minister for Technical Education, Temjen Imna Along has said the state government is committed to uplift the standards of technical education in the State by making the Directorate of Technical Education a ‘corruption free’ department.
Addressing a press conference in Kohima yesterday (June 3), Minister Along said the welfare of our technical students is our utmost priority and the department is looking at it in such a way that henceforth there will be no discrepancies in scholarship issue of technical students.
Nonetheless, he lamented All Nagaland College Students’ Union, ANCSU demanding the resignation of Arjun Singh from the post of director of the department for allegedly not revealing the names of those involved in misappropriation of scholarship fund meant for students, which was brought out in the 2018 report of the Comptroller Auditor General, CAG.
He also said that following the report of the CAG, the matter was initially taken over by the State Vigilance Commission but with the institution of Lokayukta in February this year, the issue is being investigated by them.
The Minister said the CAG report was based on the findings from the year 2014 to 2016. It may be mentioned that ANCSU had charged the Directorate of Technical Education of diverting more than 1.3 crore rupees scholarship amount and sought the name of those involved in it.
Maintaining that the final verdict of the Lokayukta is yet to be brought out, the Minister assured that the government will initiate action against those proved guilty and also implement its recommendations.