Rift over 45% quota demand

DIMAPUR, DEC 3 (NPN) | Publish Date: 12/3/2020 1:01:21 PM IST

 5 student bodies object to 45% reservation demand

Core Committee on Rationalization of Reservation Policy (CCoRoRP) of the five apex student unions (Angami, Ao, Sumi, Lotha and Rengma) have resolved to object outright the 45% reservation demand of ENSF under any circumstances.

After a lapse of 43 years when reservation should have been gradually decreased by now, the student bodies said what could be more unreasonable than the demand for increase in reservation, which they termed as preposterous. They said they saw no possible progression of “our people”, should it be implemented.

In a joint statement, CCoRoRP convener N Ejanthung Ngullie and secretary Zakie Khate, Angami Students’ Union (ASU) president Vizokho Zashümo, Ao Students’ Conference (AKM) president Nungdokyanger Ao, Rengma Students’ Union (RSU) president Heiko Kent, All Sümi Students’ Union (SKK) president Hutoshe Kits and Lotha Students’ Union (LSU) president Ashanthung Humtsoe said that the committee expected the State government to settle the matter with sensibility and on logical reasoning. 

However, if the government succumbed to such unreasonable and absurd demands, the committee warned that it would leave no stone unturned to defend “our society” from such a self-defeating move by resorting to all forms of democratic protest.

Day 3: ENSF phase 2 stir passes off peacefully
Eastern Naga Students’ Federation (ENSF) said the second phase of its indefinite democratic agitation passed off peacefully and successfully on Thursday, where government offices were locked and restrictions imposed on movement of government vehicles by six federating units at respective district headquarters. 
ENSF president Sepili L Sangtam and assistant general secretary Khomo P informed all the six federating units that the third phase of agitations would involve locking district administration offices at all the five districts and sub-division offices, besides completely restricting government activities. It declared that the indefinite democratic agitation would continue in the entire eastern jurisdiction until its demands were fulfilled. Conveying its gratitude to the six federating units for their support and cooperation for the cause, ENSF also appealed to all eastern brethren to support and cooperate with it in order to save the future generations. 
Meanwhile, stating that it was appalled at the manner in which the cabinet sub-committee cancelled the meeting to which it was invited at the last minute, ENSF said this showed how the State government did not want to address its demands and buy time instead, besides wanting it to carry on with the indefinite agitation as its demands would not serve any purpose to the government.
ENSF said the second round of meeting with Nagaland Public Service Commission as per chief minister’s directive held at the commission’s office on December 2 and convened by NPSC with its secretary, member, controller of exam and deputy secretary was inconclusive as they failed to give a written justification and clarification to the issues raised by it pertaining to NPSC.
Cabinet sub-committee appeal 
On the other, the cabinet sub-committee constituted by State cabinet to examine the demands and grievances of ENSF regarding Nagaland Staff Selection Board held its first meeting under the chairmanship of deputy CM, Y Patton Thursday. 
Attended by all members, i.e., ministers P Paiwang Konyak and Neiba Kronu, adviser Toshi Wungtung, chief secretary and commissioner & secretary P&AR, the meeting appealed to ENSF to withdraw its agitation and allow the government to decide the issues based on findings in the larger public interest.
The committee discussed and deliberated all the six charter of demands submitted by ENSF in respect of NSSB and decided that it would expedite its report and submit recommendations to the cabinet latest by December 31, a DIPR report stated. 

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