NLSF opposes Grade-III staff recruitment process under NJS

DIMAPUR, JUN 14 (NPN) | Publish Date: 6/14/2019 11:34:05 AM IST

Nagaland Law Students’ Federation (NLSF) has taken strong exception to the alleged violation of rules and regulations governing direct recruitment to Grade-III posts under Nagaland Judicial Service (NJS), 2018 by the recruiting bodies.

In a statement, NLSF president C Talimoa Chishi and general secretary Dieku Wetsah pointed out that Rule 8(1) of the Nagaland Judicial Rules, 2006 clearly states that appointment to the service will be subject to order regarding special representation for SC/ST issued by the State government from time to time. 

The NLSF leaders quoted government notification of October 29, 1983 that stated that, as per a July 7, 1973 government order that “100 p.c. vacancies for appointment of Gazetted and Technical grade posts under Government have been reserved for the Indigenous Scheduled Tribes of the state and the remaining 20 p.c. vacancies of Gazetted and Technical Posts for direct recruitment have been kept open for both local and non-local candidates against the 20 p.c.”, vacancies should be determined from the top or anywhere in the merit list so long as the vacancies did not exceed 20% of the total number of posts in a single recruitment drive.

Further, they pointed out that Rules 8(2) states that “if sufficient number of suitable candidates belonging to the reserved category are not available, the posts may be filled up from among other candidates and an equivalent number of additional vacancies shall be reserved and carried forward till the quota is filled up subject, however to the condition that in no calendar year shall the normal reserve vacancies taken together would exceed 50% of the total number of vacancies filled”. 

But the Gauhati High Court had totally ignored this issue as Nagaland candidates had appeared for the vacancies as per the eligibility criteria, they pointed out, adding if the candidates were not eligible for the exam, they should have been barred from taking it.

Chishi and Wetsah alleged that 20% of general recruitment stated in the Nagaland Judicial Rules, 2006 had now miraculously reached 70% as two-thirds of the three vacant posts had been given to the general category candidates, leaving aside the rules and regulations of Nagaland that clearly specifies 80% reservation for Nagaland.

Further, the duo questioned on behalf of NLSF where the question of reservation for Nagaland was when the State’s only candidate was recruited due to her merit as she got second rank. They demanded that the recruiting agencies of Nagaland Judicial Services should seriously explain without the diluted version where the reservation was given to Nagaland candidates in the examination.

The NLSF leaders warned that it could not and would not stand by as mute spectator and let this injustice prevail.



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