PSAN reiterates demand for setting up SSB

DIMAPUR, JUL 16 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/16/2019 11:13:17 AM IST

Public Service Aspirants of Nagaland (PSAN) has reiterated its demand for setting up Staff Selection Board (SSB) for conducting a common yearly examination for recruitment to all posts that did not come under the purview of Nagaland Public Service Commission (NPSC).

Mentioning that it had been pursuing the matter with the State government for the last three years, the body in a statement regretted that it had not found any takers till date. It claimed that numerous representations had been submitted to successive governments to set up SSB for free, fair and open recruitment and encourage meritocracy so as to instil a sense of competition among the educated youth of Nagaland. 

Pointing out that a bigger problem with numerous departmental exams being conducted was that the aspiring candidates and their families had to bear huge financial burden, PSAN once again appealed to the PDA government under the leadership of Neiphiu Rio to pay heed to the hardships faced by thousands of educated youth of Nagaland and set up SSB at the earliest. 

According to PSAN, a candidate coming from a far-flung district had to spend a minimum of Rs 5,000 per exam in order to apply for and write the examinations, which usually took place in Kohima. This added to the physical, mental and financial burden on the already-beleaguered aspirants and their parents, it stressed. 

Meanwhile, PSAN said RTI queries in nine departments that conducted exams in 2018 have revealed that a total of 25,131 applications were received, out of which 14,847 candidates appeared in the examinations for 183 vacancies.  

It was also revealed that the nine departments had spent Rs 36,46,320 to conduct the departmental examinations. Further, examination fee of Rs 200 on an average was paid by each candidate in each department. PSAN said it could not file RTI queries in some departments due to non-availability of concerned officials and various technical issues, adding the RTI replies revealed just the tip of the iceberg, viz. unemployment problem in Nagaland. 

While PSAN appreciated the departments for conducting the examinations to recruit new staff, it pointed out that departmental exams were usually marred by allegations of unfair practices and did not have the trust of aspiring candidates.



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