New NSF team to push for setting up SSB

New NSF team to push for setting up SSB
New NSF officer bearers for the period 2019-2021. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, MAY 29 (NPN) | Publish Date: 5/29/2019 11:00:41 AM IST

The new office bearers of Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) who recently took over for 2019-2021 have committed themselves to look into the State government’s recruitment policies, besides attending to students’ welfare issues with utmost priority.

Newly-elected NSF president Ninoto Awomi informed media persons at a press conference at the federation’s office here Wednesday, that the decision was adopted at the first official meeting of NSF on Tuesday.

Awomi said the NSF demanded scrapping of departmental exams and asked the State government to come up with Staff Selection Board (SSB), in line with Central Staff Selection Commission (SSC). He also demanded that backdoor appointment for Grade-III posts be immediately stopped since the departmental examination for Grade-III posts were not trustworthy.

He also said results of the departmental exam were questionable as most selected candidates were either relatives of politicians and bureaucrats or belonged to a particular minister’s constituency. 

Awomi announced that NSF would soon constitute a committee to look into this matter and would invite experts to work out how to set up SSB. He also informed that once the modalities were prepared, NSF would present this before the government for implementation.

NSF has also insisted that merit should be given precedence for appointments as equal job opportunity must be given to all aspirant students seeking government jobs.

NSF education secretary Kegwahun Tep, also present, told the media that in the interest student welfare issues, NSF will back All Nagaland College Students’ Union (ANCSU) in the latter’s demand on the scholarship issue, besides taking up delay in distribution of books and uniforms, poor infrastructure, etc.

He also expressed deep concern over the proxy teachers’ issue, even as the department of school education had said it was trying its best to resolve the issue. He said NSF will cooperate with the department in sorting out the issue.

Naga political issue

On the Naga political issue, NSF president Awomi the executive after a thorough deliberation on Tuesday, unanimously resolved to render unflinching support to the ongoing Naga peace process, facilitate mutual understanding among various groups and impress upon the negotiating entities for an early settlement to the protracted Naga political issue. He also said NSF also resolved to work in earnest for emotional integration of all Naga-inhabited areas and reminded everyone that NSF was not confined to Nagaland alone but also present in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur and Myanmar.

Awomi said NSF was formed prior to India’s independence and that the main objective behind its formation was Naga political issue. He said NSF cared for the welfare of students as much the Naga political issue.

He also said that many students in the present generation were not aware that there are Nagas in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur and Myanmar. He said by organising cultural programmes and other activities, the federation intended to promote emotional integration. 

When asked whether NSF had given up on physical integration, Awomi said emotional integration was very important now as only after Nagas were emotionally integrated, there would be unity, common vision and their aspirations fulfilled.

Awomi said the Tuesday’s meeting also agreed to follow up on major issues pending before the federation and the general issues confronting the Naga society today, including CAB and ILP.

Meanwhile, NSF decided to set up a media cell, to be led by its assistant general secretary Siipuni Ng Philo, which will be responsible for bridging the communication gap between the federation and general public.

Awomi announced that NSF official Facebook and Instagram accounts, besides Twitter handle, would become active at the earliest, while all official press releases and communiqués would be the responsibility of the media cell.

He said the federation also decided to constitute a public grievances redressal cell that would be led by its vice-president Devi Yano as convener and education & statistics secretary Kegwayhun Tep as co-convenor. 

It was also decided to set-up a dedicated hotline number to receive complaints and suggestions from the general public, to file RTIs and other necessary actions to be taken in order to ensure that grievances of the general public are redressed in a fitting manner.

All complaints and suggestions received would be tabled before the executive council for deliberations and the suggested actions taken thereafter, he added.

Meanwhile, NSF will be organizing a felicitation programme for HSLC toppers at hotel Japfu here on June 15.


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