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After protests, Assembly Secretariat cancels appointment

Aizawl: The recent recruitment of 11 employees by the Mizoram Assembly secretariat has been cancelled following protests by students outside the Assembly premises. 

The Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP) and Mizo Students’ Union (MSU) organised a demonstration in front of the Assembly House on Friday, expressing their intention to continue their agitation. They vehemently criticised the recent recruitment, labeling it as a glaring example of nepotism and lacking any sense of integrity.

The students alleged that out of the 11 newly appointed individuals, nine were close relatives of influential figures such as the Assembly Speaker Lalrinliana Sailo, Assembly Secretary Lalhmahruaia Zote, and other senior officials. Demanding the annulment of these appointments, they also called for the implementation of new and fair recruitment rules within the department.

Following the intervention of the state Chief Minister, Zoramthanga, the entire recruitment process was eventually cancelled. In a meeting with student leaders, the Chief Minister assured them of taking appropriate action to address the issue.

While distancing itself from the controversial recruitment, the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) clarified that the state government was not involved in the recruitment process. 

According to an MNF leader, the state assembly secretariat holds the ultimate authority to recruit and appoint its own employees under Article 187 of the Indian Constitution, thereby asserting that the state government has no jurisdiction over such matters.

ALSO READ: https://www.zoramchronicle.com/2023/07/nepotism-slur-on-speaker.html

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