Eastern Naga Students Federation (ENSF) while appreciating the state government for issuing office memorandum relating to appointment of LDA cum computer assistant at the Secretariat and LDA district level has questioned the validity of Clause 3 wherein the requisite qualification is a graduate with computer knowledge for both posts.
A joint release issued by ENSF vice president Likhumse Sangtam and general secretary Changsang Soted said the memorandum was completely unjustifiable and should not be applied to Konyak, Sanagtam, Chang, Yimchungru, Khiamnuingan and Phom tribes in the four districts of Nagaland as there were hardly any graduates with diplomas/ certificates in computer. As the tribes of Eastern Nagaland are educationally backward and still in their nascent stage of growth vis-a -vis other the memorandum should not be exercised on Eastern Nagas as it would render them more backward while depriving them of employment opportunities.
Further there was an abject shortage of private and state run computer institutes in Eastern Nagaland with Kiphire and Longleng facing the maximum shortage reducing chances of graduates getting education in computers. Therefore, the government should have considered all the aspects before issuing the memorandums as it would benefit only the advanced tribes otherwise educated unemployed of Eastern Nagaland would not be able to avail government jobs even though hundreds of vacancies had been created due to the superannuation Act 2009. The release stated that such memorandums would only create more gaps between the backward and advanced tribes and it was a “direct suppression policy of the Government towards the Eastern people”.
The federation demanded the state government to exempt Eastern Naga people from the purview of the memorandum and make the minimum qualification for Eastern as 12th standard or PU pass and immediately issue an exemption order for Eastern Nagas as a safeguard from the memorandum.