Friday, October 7, 2022

Nagaland Staff Selection Board issue: Eastern Naga Students’ Federation serves 30-day ultimatum on govt

Eastern Naga Students’ Federation (ENSF) has served a 30-day ultimatum on the state government to fulfil the charter of demands that have been submitted to the government, including demand to include all exempted departments and posts under Nagaland Staff Selection Board (NSSB) without any exception.
In a representation to chief minister Neiphiu Rio, ENSF president Chingmak Chang and assistant general secretary Kaibo Konyak threatened to launch an indefinite stir in the event of the government’s failure to accept their demand, besides warning of holding the government responsible should any unfortunate incident occur during the agitation.
ENSF said NSSB did not serve the interest of aspirants across the State in its present form, for which they had submitted numerous representations expressing discontent ever since the first draft on the board was rolled out.
They claimed that there was an apprehension that if the NSSB had to function as per the present draft modalities, it would not serve any purpose and that the dreams of aspirants would be affected and that the very objective of constituting the board would be defeated even before it started functioning.
They mentioned that they had submitted numerous representations entailing the common interest of the Nagas by reiterating time and again to include all the exempted departments and posts under NSSB ambit without any exception.
Following pressure, the ENSF leaders noted that the government had come up with the idea of constituting another body – Cabinet Sub-committee – to expedite the process. However, much to their disillusionment, they alleged that the committee had generated nothing and had little result.
In spite of ENSF’s firm stand against NSSB in its present form, they noted that P&AR department had come up with the advertisement for the posts of NSSB chairman and member by suppressing the interests of Nagas, which they termed as a blatant insult to the federation in particular and aspirant Nagas in general. They said the same was done for the post of secretary-cum-controller of examination.
As it was crystal clear that the State government’s motive was much more on kickstarting functioning of NSSB than lending ears to the genuine demands, they declared that the federation would not accept functioning of NSSB in its current form.
The ENSF leaders urged the chief minister to pursue the matter and recognise the aspirations and interests of Nagas by accepting their charter of demands, adding that this was the final letter of reiteration.