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Consultative meet on job reservation policy on Mar 5

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Medical College Mon land issue will be resolved: Rio

Kohima, March 3: Nagaland Government will be holding a crucial consultative meeting on the State’s Reservation Policy on March 5 in Kohima.

Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio told media persons here today that the Cabinet sub-committee along with the Chief Secretary and Home Department will be holding a consultative meeting with all stakeholders.
“I hope people will come and speak out their mind,” he said.
“We have to go by system and we practice a refined democracy and do a lot of consultation before implementing a policy so as to make people understand the change,” the CM said.
The demand of 45% reservation of Government jobs by Eastern Naga Students Federation (ENSF) has drawn criticisms and rejections from various tribal and students organizations including the Naga Students Federation (NSF) forcing the State Government to put on hold the functioning of Nagaland Staff Selection Board (NSSB).
The Government has constituted a Cabinet sub-committee headed by Deputy Chief Minister Y Patton to hold proper consultation with different tribal bodies and civil society organizations and come out with new reservation policy for the State.
In this regard, official sources said that the crucial March 5 meeting to be held at Hotel Japfu Kohima between 10-11 am will deliberate on the different aspects of the reservation policy.
On the land dispute issue of Medical College Mon, Rio said he is in touch with the ENPO, Konyak Union and legislator colleagues from Mon district.
“They may have some local issues but it should not be a problem as the site and other problems can be resolved,” said the CM.
Nonetheless, Rio made an indirect caution saying that Mon town and surrounding has a very good gradient and if it (land issue) continues to be a problem then there are many more alternative places in and around Mon town.
Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan in presence of Chief Minister Rio and other cabinet colleagues and legislators had laid the foundation stone of Medical College Mon on February 26.
However, the Chi and Goching Village Councils on March 2 raised objections to establishment of the proposed Medical College Mon citing land issues. (Page News Service)