Aizawl (zoramobserver.com): Defying the Guahati HC stay order on the controversial quota issue, Mizoram government said on Wednesday that it will go ahead with its 2016 notification which clearly stated that Quota Category-I is for “Zo-ethnic people” in the ongoing 2017 session for technical courses.
As per the 2014 understanding reached between the Government of Mizoram and protesting Mizo Zirlai Pawl, the government amended “The Mizoram (Selection for Higher Technical Courses) Rules 1999 in 2015”.
Minister for Higher and Technical Education Minister R Romawia said: “Accordingly, a notice was issued on April 20, 2016, which states that the interests of sons of the soil would be protected. The 1999 Rules which use the term “Indigenous” under Category-I was also changed to “Zo-ethnic people of the state of Mizoram”. Under Category-II were “children of non-Zo-ethnic people of the state of Mizoram”.
As per the modified Quota Category, Chakmas were placed under Category-II. However, some Chakma students were reportedly given quota under Category-I prompting the Mizo Zirlai Pawl to lodge a strong protest.
“However, this (2015) amendment was challenged by some people before the High Court which issued a stay order. Even then, the government will ensure that only Zofate (Ethnic Zo tribes) would be place under Category-I in the ongoing 2017 section process,” Romawia said in a statement.
The minister also encouraged the student community to take advantage of the All-India level NEET exams. “Students of Mizoram should not just depend on quota. I appeal to every students to work hard and get a seat even under the general category as well,” he said, adding that the state government “in the future will work to fill up Mizoram quota keeping the interest of sons of the soil.”