Students demand cancellation of appointment of staff for Assembly Secretariat
Aizawl: Students staged a peaceful protest in front of the Mizoram Assembly House on Friday, against the alleged nepotism by the Assembly Speaker Lalrinliana Sailo and Secretary of the Assembly secretariat Lalhmahruaia Zote in recent recruitment of employees.
Spearheaded by two major students’ organisations, Mizo Zirlai Pawl and Mizo Students’ Union (MSU), students demand cancellation of the appointment of 11 staff for the Assembly Secretariat of which nine are close relatives of the Assembly Speaker, Secretary and other top officials.
The state assembly recently recruited translators, assistants, Upper Divisional Clerk (UDCs) and Lower Divisional Clerks (LDCs) and the top officials including the Speaker were being accused of indulging in serious nepotism in the recruitment.
The rally adopted resolutions including demand for cancellation of the recruitment and appointments as well as undertaking new recruitment under the new Mizoram Legislative Assembly Recruitment Rules.
The students also announced that the protest rally will continue until the recruitment and appointments are cancelled.
Meanwhile, the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) distanced itself from the impugned recruitment saying that the state government was not involved in the recruitment.
One MNF leader said that the state assembly secretariat has the ultimate authority to recruit and appoint its own employees under article 187 of the Indian Constitution and the state government has no say in the matter.
The attendance of office by Mizoram Assembly Secretariat Commissioner & Secretary, along with other officials, during the protest rally ignited a deep sense of anger among the protesters. They viewed it as a blatant disregard for the concerns of students and job-seeking youth, and termed it as “an act of sheer arrogance that must not be tolerated or repeated.”
Later in the afternoon, the student leaders, as invited, met with Chief Minister Zoramthanga in the where they presented their grievances in written.
Following this meeting, the student leaders gathered at the MZP conference hall and strategised for their future course of action. They unanimously decided to continue the protest rally on Monday (July 10), steadfast in their determination to continue until their demand for the appointment’s cancellation is met.