The State cabinet agreed in principle to include all those departments that did not come under the purview of Nagaland Staff Selection Board (NSSB) until now as demanded by Eastern Naga Students’ Federation (ENSF).
Informing this to media after the cabinet meeting here on Thursday, New & Renewable Energy (NRE), Information Technology & Communications (IT&C) and Science & Technology adviser Mmhonlumo Kikon said the cabinet sub-committee would meet ENSF representatives to work out the modalities in the coming days.
He added that the cabinet also decided to appeal to the federation to call off its agitation. It may be mentioned that the core ‘charter of demand’ of ENSF were inclusion of Group C posts that were exempted from the purview of NSSB mentioned under schedule A for preliminary, written and other practical, skill, physical proficiency and interview to be conducted by the respective department.
The ENSF president said recruitment for the posts of constables/fireman constables/warders/female warders in the police, prisons, Nagaland Lokayukta, NPTO, HG/CD and Department of Fire & Emergency Services should also be brought under the purview of NSSB for preliminary and written examination and other practical skills, physical proficiency and interview to be conducted by the respective department.
ENSF to continue democratic agitation
ENSF which began its indefinite protest against the state government’s failure to fulfil its six-point charter of demands vis-à-vis the NSSB, said that the democratic agitation would continue until the time the state government officially apprise the federation about the cabinet decision.
ENSF said they came to learn about the cabinet decision only though social media.
Earlier in the morning, ENSF held a protest outside the Nagaland Civil Secretariat complex here against the state government’s failure to fulfil its six-point charter of demands vis-à-vis the NSSB.
Addressing the protesters, ENSF president Chingmak Chang asserted that the federation would not call off its agitation till its demands were met. He also highlighted the sequence initiatives taken up by the ENSF on the matter
In a solidary message, Eastern Nagaland People’s Organisation (ENPO) president Tsapikyu Sangtam declared full support to the ENSF demand and said the fight was not only for Eastern Nagaland alone, but the entire Nagas to avoid favouritism, backdoor appointment, corruption and tribalism.
Solidarity speeches were also delivered NSF president Kegweyhun Tep, ENWO vice president Birila and CWS president Pongsu Chang on behalf of the seven federating units.
Representatives from Angami Students’ Union and Chakhesang Students’ Union also took part in the protest.