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ENSF sticks to 45% reservation

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Kohima, March 5: The Eastern Naga Students’ Federation (ENSF) today reiterated their demand for enhancement of job reservation quota from existing 25% to 45% percent in Government sector, while its parental body Eastern Nagaland Peoples’ Organization (ENPO) said the Government should discuss and resolve the issue.

Talking to media after the Government convened a consultative meeting on reservation policy here, ENSF president Sepili Sangtam said the history of Naga Hills Tuensang Area is clear with 57 years of deprivation, constitutional provision is clear and the disparity in all sectors is clear.
He said in 2015 after recognizing the employment deprivation in all the departments, the State Government agreed and decided to compensate the backlog vacancies for the Eastern Nagaland people but that was also jeopardized by the Government.
The demand for 45% job reservation is constitutionally valid and political and historically justified, he said while reiterating “we are not asking from someone’s share but we are demanding what is ours”.
Nagaland State is a unique State while our contribution and sacrifice is clear, he said.
He said that historically, constitutionally and politically everything has to be maintained on 50-50 basis in all the aspects but that was not maintained in the last 58 years of the Statehood.
Sangtam cautioned that if the State Government continues to play delay tactics to address the genuine and legitimate demands of ENSF, it would take own course action.
ENPO president T Kekongchim Yimchunger said reservation policy started to bring the underprivileged at par with other Nagas but there is not much difference and has not been a help. “We feel that the policy was not implemented in the right track for which we have suggested to the Government to look into the loopholes,” he said.
There are different views and opinions among the NSF and ENSF, but if we continue the paper fight it won’t solve the problem and as Nagas we should sit across the table and take into consideration the different demands, he said.
Reservation policy is to bring every Naga at par but if not implemented in letter and spirit it won’t serve the purpose, he said.
Supporting the ENSF demand for 45% job reservation and terming it as ‘legitimate and justified’, he said if the Government is not in a position to fulfill their demand, it is the duty of the State Government to call ENSF and have dialogue.
However, the Government or the Cabinet sub-committee has not called the ENSF to discuss the matter. “If the Government just remains silent, how do we expect issues to be solved… once we sit across the table there is nothing that can’t be resolved, but the approach has to be made,” he said. (Page News Service)

Meritocracy, says CCoRoRP
Kohima, March 5: The Core Committee on Rationalization of Reservation Policy (CCoRoRP) in Nagaland today maintained that with the change of time, Naga people irrespective of tribes, forward or backward, should be allowed to sit together and compete and be selected, where meritocracy can be the only criterion to secure a job in the State.
Making the presentation for CCoRoRP during the consultative meeting on reservation policy here today, the committee’s representative Ejanthung Ngullie said “it is time to redefine and bring out a renewed concept with a revised edition on the reservation quota based on the situational realities – educationally, economically, socially and politically in the shortest course of time”.
The core committee appealed to the Cabinet sub-committee on Reservation Policy that a systematic and academic study should be conducted and formulated thoroughly at the earliest on how the Reservation Policy is contributing to the targeted people and areas in Nagaland.

Reaffirming its 6-charter of demand, the core committee urged the Government to keep all the advertisement on appointments in abeyance until total revision is exercised.
It also strongly suggested that till such review is exercised, it is necessary to condone the age bar of the aspiring candidates so as to deliver justice to those aspirants who are on the verge of being over aged. (Page News Service)