SAYS, NSSB WILL ENSURE JUSTICE IN JOB SELECTION
With over 90,000 unemployed youth registered with the State government and with employment already saturated, state chief minister Neiphiu Rio advised youth to acquire specific skills in order to be suited for jobs in the private sector.
He said this while inaugurating the Nagaland Staff Selection Board (NSSB) office and launch of the board’s website here on Thursday. Rio said the formation of the NSSB will ensure justice in job selection for the educated unemployed youth of the state and urged upon the NSSB officials to strictly follow the relevant service rules and conduct the selection process in a transparent and fair manner.
The chief minister underlined the need for NSSB to recommend candidates on the basis of posts available and also to adhere to the state’s reservation policy for tribes from eastern Nagaland. The chief minister also assured NSSB that the reservation policy would be reviewed after completing the latest census, as conveyed to Eastern Naga Students’ Federation.
Rio also reminded members of NSSB that people of the state have high expectations and therefore urged upon the members to live up to their expectations by discharging their duties with full commitment and integrity. He also admitted that the NSSB will face challenges at the initial period but which have to be overcome. In this regard, he assured NSSB of the government’s full support.
He also asked the Board to set a new benchmark in transparent recruitment to various government posts and ensure equal opportunities for all aspirants by following the laid down government procedures.
The chief minister also advised NSSB to conduct examinations and interviews within the shortest possible time so as not to invite suspicions and also to fulfil the needs of various departments. He also reminded the Board to ascertain well in advance the number of posts for which recruitment was to be made to various departments.
He went on to advise NSSB to be mindful while scrutinising applications to ensure that the conditions mentioned in the advertisement were fulfilled while rejecting incomplete applications and non-eligible candidates from the initial stages avoid complaints at a later stage.
He also advised NSSB to adopt modern scientific methods and latest electronic technology while scrutinising candidates in order to avoid mistakes and avoid inviting public criticism.
He also advised the Board to ensure that all examination fees were collected online as bank draft, postal orders, treasury challans, etc, were becoming outdated.
The chief minister also asked NSSB officials to be fully aware of government policies and instructions so as avoid legal litigations. As record keeping was important along with maintaining confidentiality, he called for maintaining records both in electronic and physical formats.
He also spelt out the role of NSSB as an important autonomous government institution by asking officials to make every effort to ensure that the normal selection processes- from inviting applications through advertisements, conducting examinations and finally recommending candidates to various government departments, were followed properly so that efficiency, transparency and accountability in governance were achieved for the benefit of all citizens.
In his brief note, chief secretary J Alam said Covid-19 pandemic had delayed the process of making NSSB functional. However, he said it was now fructified and sought cooperation from all sections to properly nurture it.
He said people were looking up to the board with high hopes and expectations and hence as a constitutionally-mandated board, it must function properly by giving equal opportunities to all sections of people, he added.
In his opening remark, NSSB chairman Sedevikho Khro informed that after he took over charge on June 22 with five officers, attempts were made to compile and advertise vacant posts since the youth were anxious for the board to publish advertisements.
He said the board members and staff were being extra cautious to ensure that there were no mistakes made in the process of advertising the posts.
Khro conceded that sometimes there were chances of mistakes being committed while under pressure but assured the members were on the job to advertise more postsby August-end or early September.
Khro also informed that there were around 94,000 educated unemployed youth in the State, and that, it would be impossible to accommodate them if all of them sought for jobs. He therefore, suggested that opening a job-oriented institute could provide ways to employ the youth.
He also assured that the board’s website will be active and have all required information available.
Chairing the function, NSSB secretary-cum-controller B. Henok Buchem appreciated the State government for demonstrating decisiveness and wisdom by addressing the long-cherished desire and wish of Naga youth by constituting the board.
He said the board was notified on July 31, 2020 and came into effect with the appointment of chairman on February 16, 2022.
He said the board, led by the chairman with members and 14 other officials and staff, were working tirelessly for the past few months and leaving no stone unturned to conduct the recruitment examinations without delay.
Buchem disclosed that various measures had been put in place in terms of technology and manpower to ensure transparency and fair conduct of examinations.
He said NSSB was mindful of the immense responsibilities bestowed upon it, especially the huge public expectations, and assured of its unwavering commitment and dedication in fulfilling them with utmost integrity and transparency on a time bound manner.
State Chaplain Rev. T.W. Yamyap Konyak gave the invocation prayer.
Advisers, senior State government officials, NSSB staff and others attended the function.