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Job quota dominates NSF meeting
DIMAPUR, JUN 21 (NPN):
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Published on 22 Jun. 2011 12:37 AM IST
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As part of its eight-day consultative meeting to cover all NSF federating tribal units in Nagaland and Manipur, NSF Tuesday held a meeting with Kyong and Ao community in their respective district headquarters Tuesday, Ejanthung Ngullie, NSF general secretary said.
At Wokha the Kyong student’s union (KSU) expressed surprise over enhancement of reservation quota by government when students were demanding total review of the policy.
Speculating why government always succumbed to demands of backward tribes and ignore the demands of other tribes, the KSU president Subenthung expressed total opposition against the cabinet decision, Ejanthung informed in a statement, Tuesday.
Also, speaking at the meeting, the NSF president Kelhouneizo Yhome appealed to the Nagas to do away with the notion of seeking appointment of teachers from their own tribe within their jurisdiction as it would hamper deliverance of quality education and reformation of education system, the statement said.
Later in Mokokchung, the NSF meeting was held with the AKM and public organizations of the Ao community in the AKM conference hall Tuesday.
The meeting convened by NSF president Kelhouneizo Yhome deliberated on pertinent issues such as –reformation of education, issue regarding land and natural resources, job reservation policy, problem of illegal migrants and ongoing Naga political issue.
Responsing to NSF query on the stand of the Aos on the ongoing political talks, Ao Senden President Lendinokdang said people were curious about what was being negotiated and asserted that it was the birth right of Nagas to know what was to be resolved.
Speaking on the occasion, Ao Literature Board president Prof. Lanunungsang highlighted the present education scenario and rued government negligence in distribution of textbooks in all government-run schools till date. The Ao Senden president expressed the belief that there cannot be solution without negotiation for which it supported the NSCN(I-M). He said the mandate would be withdrawn if negotiation failed. Further he said the need was for inclusiveness and that the mandate was not perpetual.
The Senden president said no one can stop the eastern Nagas demanding Frontier Nagaland but it should not be at the cost of present Nagaland. He advocated an openness through understanding on the grievances of the eastern Nagas.
AKM vice president Nathan Ozükum opined that the NSF take appropriate measures to curb differences among Naga tribes with regard to the issue of job reservations.
NSF president Kelhouneizo Yhome said the NSF was pressurizing the state government to review its reservation policy and instead adopt area wise and not tribal wise reservation. The meeting was attended by Ao Senden officials, Watsü Mungdang, All Ward Union Mokokchung, Ao Senden Literature Board, executives and seniors of AKM and intellectuals.

 
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