ENSF rejects Nagaland Staff Selection Board regulation

DIMAPUR, SEP 11 (NPN) | Publish Date: 9/11/2020 1:16:49 PM IST

Eastern Naga Students’ Federation (ENSF) has rejected Nagaland Staff Selection Board (NSSB) Regulation, 2020, and placed few demands for incorporation in NSSB contents/preview considering the current condition of Eastern Nagas. 

In a memorandum to chief minister Neiphiu Rio, federation’s president Sepili L Sangtam and general secretary Imtichoba Chang also placed a six-point charter of demands before the State government. 

ENSF demanded that the posts of chairman and two members should be rotated amongst the recognised Naga tribes of Nagaland on roster basis to maintain fair, justice and equality to all tribes. 

Further, it demanded that 45% posts should be exclusively earmarked for six tribes of Eastern Nagaland – Sangtams, Konyaks, Yimchungers, Khiamniungans, Phoms and Changs – for 20 years till the six tribes were on a par with rest of the Nagas, after which this would be subject to review.

Insisting that Group C posts that are exempted from the purview of NSSB mentioned in schedule-A should be brought under the board for preliminary and written exam and other practical/skill/physical proficiency, the federation demanded that interview should be conducted by the respective departments.

Similarly, while recruitment to the posts of constable/fireman constable/warder/female warder in police, prisons, Nagaland Lokayukta, NPTO, HG/CD and fire and emergency services department, excise and forest guards in the environment, forest & climate change department should be brought under NSSB purview for preliminary and written examination, ENSF demanded that practical/skill/physical proficiency and interview should be conducted by the respective departments.

Demanding centres for preliminary and written exams in all district headquarters, the federation insisted on penalty provision for defaulting department/official concerned for failing to recommend Group C (level 3-7) vacancy posts to NSSB.

Appealing to the State Government to consider its demands, ENSF cautioned that failure to do so would force it to reject NSSB Regulation, 2020 in toto.

Appreciating the State government’s efforts to constitute NSSB for open employment opportunity to all educated unemployed youth of Nagaland, the memorandum alleged that since day one of the statehood, Eastern Nagas were suppressed and deprived in all aspects, including employment. 

Recalling the formations of Naga Hills Tuensang Area (NHTA) in 1957 and Nagaland in 1963, ENSF asserted that Eastern Nagas were free people living in an un-administered area and free from any administrative control prior to 1957.  It said the Eastern Nagas had equally sacrificed and contributed to building of Nagaland State, adding that the 16-Point Agreement and Article 371(A) spoke for themselves in this regard.

However, the federation regretted that in the 57 years of Statehood journey, the Eastern Nagas were deliberately suppressed and deprived in all aspects, adding employment deprivation had put their future at stake. 

Admitting that the State government had introduced policies to improve the condition of Eastern Nagas, ENSF however alleged that the policies were never implemented in letter and spirit.

Despite the legislators of Nagaland Legislative Assembly having taken the oath of allegiance to Indian constitution whose preamble guarantees justice, equality and secure to all and where Article 16 clearly guarantees equal opportunity in public employment, the federation accused successive State governments of deliberately violating both Article 16 and the preamble, adding the oath had been taken lightly.



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