‘Rise above individualism, clanism & tribalism’
Dimapur, May 9: Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio today decried the disunity in Naga society and made a clarion call to all to come together for the greater cause of Naga people by setting aside all differences and polarizations.
“It is sad to note that we are unable to find the way forward in unified manner in our civil society movement. From the tribal hohos to the women and tribal organisations, we still do not have unified platform that will carry the Naga voice in a manner that transcends tribes, districts, states and countries,” he lamented.
Addressing the 28th biennial general conference of Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) today at Bhandari town, the chief minister said the cry of the Naga people is for resolution of the conflict through a negotiated settlement that is honourable and inclusive. Unity amongst all sections, over-ground and amongst the national organisations is the need of the hour, he said.
“Nagas are at a crucial juncture in our history. Unless we live in peace and arrive at a political solution, our future may not be bright. We should not only support the peace process but we have to make sacrifices by rising above individualism, clanism, tribalism and instead uphold Nagaism.”
Appealing to leaders and guardians of the Naga voice and the Naga aspiration for peace to come together for the greater cause of Naga people by setting aside all differences and polarizations, Rio insisted that it is only through unity and oneness that the Naga voice can gain strength and through which “we can achieve our aspiration of real and honorable solution.
“We must overcome our differences and rise to the occasion, for the sake of the present and future generations, with the sole intention that we all aspire for the Naga people to survive, rise and shine,” he said.
The chief minister also expressed concern at the overall decrease in pass percentage in NBSE as compared to CBSE. In NBSE 2019, the HSLC pass percentage was 68.29%, while the pass percentage in HSSLC arts, commerce and science streams were 74.44%, 74.68% and 81.37% respectively.
“As against this we find that across the country under CBSE for Class X, the overall pass percentage was 91.10%,” he said.
Rio reminded that in today’s world, just having degrees or academic qualifications is not sufficient to get jobs – one needs to have the right skills and attitude along with education to be able to find jobs. “Most private sector jobs require specific skills and it is essential that we undertake skill development to help our youth get jobs that are available,” he said.
On saturation of jobs in Government sector, the CM took the example of NPSC preliminary examination 2018 for NCS, NPS, NSS & Allied Services Examination, where 11,160 candidates appeared for 62 posts. This is equivalent to 180 persons applying per post, he said.
Rio also informed that in the 65th Batch Police Recruit Constables passing out parade, in which 390 qualified out of 402, there were 4 Post Graduates, 33 Graduates, 50 Class XII passed, 114 matriculates and 189 under matriculates.
“The educational requirement for constable post is Class VIII passed. So this is the level of competition in our State. Therefore, you need to work extra hard in your studies and your chosen field of work, remain focused and maintain consistency in order to achieve success,” he said.
At the same time, he also lamented the downward trend in number of Naga students qualifying for civil services examinations conducted by UPSC.
Stating that students and youths are the strongest pillars of a society, he said, “Our future is the youth and therefore, how you play your role will be the determinant of how the future spans out. Therefore, it is imperative to identify, understand and address the real issues and challenges we face today.”
Special guest L. Dikho, Minister PHED, Government of Manipur said ‘Nagas without Border’ should be our vision and future. And students unity is most important for helping to achieve a better future for the Nagas as a people, he added.
Earlier the chief minister unveiled the 28th NSF conference monolith which was dedicated by Rev. Nyanchumo Lotha, Executive Secretary, Lotha Baptist Churches Association.
The CM was accompanied by G. Kaito, Minister Agri & Co-operative, Pangyu Phom, Minister Medical, Mhathung Yanthan, Advisor Horticulture, Tongpang Ozukum, former NSF president and Minister R&B, Mmhonlumo Kikon, Advisor IT, S & T and NRE among other. (Page News Service)