Local residents who donated land in the hope of getting jobs are disappointed.
While the Centre had approved the establishment of the NEIFM in 2008, it took almost a decade for the institute to be set up. Separately, the process of filling up 22 sanctioned posts began in 2016, but only four — a medical officer, zoologist, administrative officer and an accounts officer — were appointed two years later.
Two posts, including that of the Director, were filled on deputation from State government departments.
NEIFM Director Pekyom Ringu, an Indian Forest Service officer on deputation, declined to comment on “internal matters” but acknowledged that the institute was under pressure from former landowners.
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