NSF clarifies stand on Feb 22 ultimatum to govt

DIMAPUR, MAR 4 (NPN) | Publish Date: 3/4/2020 12:46:41 PM IST

Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) has clarified that it had submitted an ultimatum to the State on setting up Staff Selection Board (SSB) because the government had not met its legitimate demand so far. 

In a statement issued by its president Ninoto Awomi and general secretary Liremo R Kikon, the federation also noted that NSF along with its federating units and subordinate bodies had taken note of the resentment raised by some organisations. 

However, NSF clarified that the signature appended by the federating units outside the present State of Nagaland did not mean that by appending signatures they would benefit anything or get job opportunity under exams conducted by the proposed SSB of Nagaland.

Mentioning that it was clear on this, NSF asserted that it only showed that the federation stood united as a collective whole and for which the decision of the ultimatum was endorsed unanimously by all the members present during the presidential council meeting of NSF held on February 22 besides other issues that were discussed.

NSF explained that the sole purpose of demanding setting up of SSB was to curb rampant backdoor appointments that had deprived hardworking youth from appearing for proper selection process. It was a fact that rampant backdoor appointment was sabotaging meritocracy in the State. And unless it was controlled, the corrupt system would only push the State backward. Hence, the ultimate purpose was to encourage and promote competitive mindset among the youth at all levels, the statement added,

NSF clarified that the setting up of SSB should not cast any apprehension as the motive was only to ensure that every educated youth of Nagaland got equal job opportunity in matters of public employment as per law. 

Mentioning that setting up of SSB would not affect reservation under backwards quota, including reservation for persons with disabilities, the federation asserted that it had a clear vision with the sole target of protecting equal rights of all Naga youth of Nagaland in matters of public employment.

The federation urged the Nagas not to succumb to confusion and also to be aware of divisive forces that would break the federation apart. 

“We appreciate constructive criticisms; however, the target on focus at large should not be compromised in the confusion. Further, as per the consultative meeting held on March 4 with the federating units and subordinate bodies at NSF headquarters, Oking Naga Club Building, Kohima, the House reiterated the ultimatum served to the chief minister of Nagaland with legitimate demands to be considered at the earliest,” the statement read.

Noting that the ultimatum had created mixed opinions in some public fora over inclusion of signatures of its federating units outside Nagaland and thereby diverting from the main issue, NSF reminded everyone that it was formed in 1947 by the pioneers to defend the rights and aspirations of the Nagas, irrespective of artificial boundaries. 

The federation was formed to defend the inalienable rights of Nagas against inimical forces and to safeguard the interest of Naga generations to come. And as one among the oldest Naga organisation, regardless of whether the issue taken up by it was within the territory of one State or another or even internationally-wherever Nagas were, NSF asserted that it stood united at all times. 

Pointing out that ever since its inception it had stood firm in unison without compromise, NSF said it was for the right-thinking people to judge whether the sacrifices made by it and the issues taken up by it and manned by many prominent selfless leaders of the Naga society till date were right or wrong. 



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