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CPO reiterates stand on reservation
Published on 21 Oct. 2010 12:13 AM IST
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Reiterating its demand for equal and proportionate reservation for Chakhesangs under the state government’s Backward Tribe (BT) reservation policy, the Chakhesang Public Organization (CPO) Wednesday urged upon the state government not to delay passage of the law so as to rectify loopholes in the system.
CPO president Sovenyi and general secretary Kekhwengulo said a coordination meeting of the CPO on October 17, resolved to issue a “public appraisal” on the developments of the public interest litigation (PIL) filed in February at Gauhati High Court, challenging the state government’s move to reduce reservation quota of three backward tribes (BTs)- Chakhesang, Zeliang and Pochury.
CPO said its stand was that the Chakhesang tribe was “unceremoniously” placed in an undefined status, along with later entrants in the BT list- the Pochury and Zeliang tribes- with 8% reservation, while the other six BTs were given 25%. The signatories said despite their aspiration for early disposal of the matter in court, and to expedite recruitment processes, the state government had “dragged the matter this far” and delayed the case. CPO alleged that the case was adjourned several times following appeal of counsels for the state, thereby keeping the fate of thousands of job aspirants in jeopardy.
CPO said the next hearing of the case has been scheduled to be held in the month of November.
Over and above classification into two categoris-backward and advanced classes-CPO said the government has further sub-classified people belonging to the same homogenous group adding, it was “bad in law, and the law is against re-grouping of the classified group.”
CPO said random discriminations and various forms of prejudices saddened the Chakhesangs today, where there was systematic attempts to pull them backward by depriving them of their rights, such as Backward Region Grant Fund (BRGF), Border Area Grants and other economic packages through backward alleviation programs.
CPO said the Chakhesang tribe is the only backward tribe excluded from the Directorate of Under Developed Areas (DUDA) although several pockets in the district particularly Tizü range were projected as most backward and remote area in the state as per reports. CPO also expressed discontent over the state government’s BT reservation policy applied in its recent advertisement for mass recruitment of LDA cum Computer Assistants at district and directorate levels on September 9.
In this regard, it pointed out several variances such as- existing BT reservation policy norms which were completely ignored and abolished for recruitments at the district level vacancies in 10 districts. It said for Dimapur, there was complete reversal with 64% reserved for BTs and 36% for open competitions conflicting the policy on job reservation. It also criticized separate interviews for advance and BTs saying thisnot only deprived BTs from availing job through open competition, but created class system in the “so called classless Naga society”.
On directorate vacancies, CPO said the government completely segregated BTs from the advance group reserving 67.4% for advance tribes and confining BTs (who comprised 50% of state population) to a mere 32.6%, which negated existing policy of the state to encourage backward tribes to come at par with the more advanced tribes.

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