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Review BT reservation policy: NSF
Published on 21 Nov. 2010 12:25 AM IST
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Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) has urged the state government to carry out total review of the existing policy on job reservation for the Backward Tribes in Nagaland.
In a memorandum addressed to state chief minister, the NSF noted that state government has shifted from the original ideals of the policy – to develop, encourage and push forward those tribes to come at par with the more advanced tribes – without taking proper review through expert findings and “thereby maintaining inconsistency and yielding to pressures.”
“There is lack of transparency and accountability in tackling with the reports of various committees to bring positive changes,” NSF president Mutsikhoyo Yhobu and general secretary O Wati Jamir stated, and urged the government to make the reports of the expert committees on job reservation open to the public to ensure transparency and accountability to effect change to the existing policy.
“The existing policy on job reservation has clearly envisage the need to have a periodical review to suit with the changes of time and practicability of the policy in the given time and situation not necessarily because of demands or pressure to do so,” the NSF said.
The federation also expressed displeasure towards the government for not conducting total review as demanded in their earlier representations to address to the changes that came about with time and situation.
Through the government notification No AR-8/9/76 dated 11/01/1977, 25% jobs under state government was reserved for seven tribes – Konyak, Chakhesang, Sangtam, Phom, Khiamniungan, Chang and Yimchungrü, for a period of ten years. Further, it was enhanced to 33% and in the same notification Zeliang tribe was included in the BT list.
Again, the number of BT tribes increased to nine with the inclusion of Pochury tribe vide notification No.RCBT/5/87 date 24/03/1994.
According to NSF government’s ambiguous action has attracted legations from some sections of people who felt discriminated.
Stating that entire process of recruitment in the government setup was put on hold, the federation said the future of job aspiring youths were at stake.
Further, the NSF urged the government to immediately take steps with all seriousness to review the existing policy on job reservation in line of the expert findings to provide optimum benefits to the deserving people and to remove all anomalies in the policy.

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