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NPP Nagaland state’s take on the constitution of NSSB

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 11/10/2020 1:10:58 PM IST

 Corruption in Nagaland would soon be a thing of the past in Nagaland, at least when it comes to government appointments, thanks to NSF who took up the initiative of pressurizing the State Government to constitute the Nagaland Staff Selection Board (NSSB). The Government seems to be on the right track in as much as assuring the NSF that it has already set the ball rolling by setting up a committee. A notification to this effect was also issued by the Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms (DP & AR) in August 2020 wherein it was mentioned that the NSSB will function as per the NSSB Regulations 2020. It was also notified that all direct recruitment of Group-C posts presently recruited by the Departmental Recruitment Board as per DP & AR’s office memorandum dated 26th October 2017 would be recruited through the NSSB after it officially commences its function.

However, the proper constitution and functioning of the NSSB will largely depend on the honesty and integrity of the State Government and its top functionaries especially the DP & AR.  The NSSB should not be the proverbial old wine in a new bottle if corruption has to be curtailed. If the constitution of the NSSB is done in an autocratic and bias manner in favor of a particular tribe or community, it would become just another tool in the hands of few corrupt individuals to further their corrupt goals of nepotism and favoritism. At this juncture, it should be an honest endeavor of the State Government to ensure that only people with no past history of corruption should be appointed as the Chairperson and members of the NSSB. Especially the person heading the SSB should be a person of upright character and efficient in handling such high office without any bias or nepotism. 

The President of NPP Nagaland, Dr. Andrew Ahoto Sema, therefore calls upon the right thinking citizens to be watchful and check any irregularity in the constitution and appointment of corrupt individuals in the NSSB. Otherwise, the constitution of NSSB would in fact be detrimental to the fight against corruption especially against back door appointments which has plagued Nagaland. It is our ardent belief that the fight against corruption will be incomplete without the participation of all the stakeholders. Everyone concerned should work diligently and give a concerted effort for a progressive society where there is all round development in all the districts without regional bias. Therefore, we would like to call upon all the stakeholders to come together and unitedly fight against the forces of tribalism, nepotism and corruption which has seeped into our system and corroded the very essence of our rich culture and traditions of trust and honesty which was bestowed upon us by our ancestors. Every leader should make it his / her responsibility to work for the interests of all instead of working for self-interest or selfish intentions.

Here, we, as a people-centric party, call upon the State Government to be more proactive towards an early solution of the vexed Indo-Naga political issue. It should not take the citizens of Nagaland for a ride by making the Naga political problem as an election agenda only but it must be an honest endeavor of the Government to give first and foremost priority to the peace process by all means without inclining towards partisan politics for ill gotten motives and to have more consultative meetings with all stakeholders. Has the idea which professes ‘Change is Coming’ today become ‘Chance is Coming’ only for few individuals which has led to the gain or opportunity for them alone? If it is so, this must be altered for inclusive development of all and sundry. 

Another issue on which NPP Nagaland has always been voicing its concern is the snail paced development of roads in Nagaland which can solely be attributed to the corrupt practices of those involved including the State Government. It is very unfortunate that the government of the day is busy trying to appease the Central Government for the construction of an airport in the State Capital instead of putting its funds together for the development of roads across the state. What good will an airport built by emptying the state exchequer serve for the common people? In fact only a meager and negligible percentage of the State’s population enjoys the luxury of travelling on an airplane. Majority of our people travel only on roads, not even on trains! 

Thus, the State Government should open its eyes wide and come to the realization of the facts and prioritize development of essential services instead of delving on unrealistic and unnecessary luxuries which will benefit only a fistful of privileged class of individuals and not the majority section of population. Development, in fact should not be concentrated within the State Capital only. Let us not forget that our State is not limited to the boundaries of the State Capital alone but we have all together 12 districts and each district should be uplifted by providing equal opportunities for development if Nagaland has to progress along with the rest of the nation.

IPR & Media Cell

NPP Nagaland State


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