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ENSF to boycott Statehood Day Celebration and Hornbill Festival

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Phase-wise Indefinite Agitation from Nov 30

KOHIMA, NOVEMBER 26: Irked over the non-responsive attitude of the State Government to fulfill their demand despite the November 18 ultimatum, the Eastern Naga Student’s Federation (ENSF) and its 6 federating units have decided to boycott Statehood Day celebrations and Hornbill Festival, and also go for a phase-wise indefinite agitation from November 30.

The ENSF decision comes against the background of the expiry of the 7 days ultimatum which the ENSF served to the Chief Minister of Nagaland on November 18, wherein the Federation reiterated on the representation it made to the State Government in regards to the Nagaland Staff Selection Board (NSSB) Regulation, 2020, on September 11, 2020 and Non-implementation of Personnel & Administrative Reforms O.M/Notification of 2008, 2001 and 2015 by the Nagaland Public Service Commission on October 26, 2020.
“Till yesterday we were waiting for positive response from the Government of Nagaland but we have not received any, so we (ENSF) have decided to go for indefinite agitation from November 30,” said ENSF president, Sepili L Sangtam during a press conference at DUDA Guest House, here Thursday.
He said the ENSF had served a representation addressed to the Chief Minister for NSSB and NPSC, while respecting and honouring the State Government. However, during the representation stage, there was no response, he said.
Even as we reminded the State Government to look back at the genuine and legitimate demands placed by the ENSF, there was no response from the State Government, Sangtam maintained.
He further said that since there was no positive response from the Government we have served 7-days ultimatum on November 18 addressed the Chief Minister of Nagaland asking to fulfill the genuine and legitimate demand made by the ENSF.
Stating that the ENSF is not happy with the way Nagaland Government treats Eastern Nagas and the Federation, Sangtam said “We along with our 6 federating units have decided to go for an indefinite agitation starting from November 30, and we will boycott Statehood Day celebrations and Hornbill Festival celebrations. “
Pointing out that people from Eastern Nagaland have been suffering since Nagaland attained its Statehood, Sangtam said, “Our health does not permit us to celebrate Statehood Day… the eastern health does not allow us to celebrate Hornbill Festival.”
The eastern areas of Nagaland have suffered for so long and we don’t want to suffer anymore, he added.
He also said that while the Federation is yet to decide the exact nature of the indefinite agitation, the agitation will be democratic and in a phased manner.

The agitation will also be confined to the areas that are within the jurisdiction of the 6 tribes (Chang, Khiamniungan, Konyak, Phom, Sangtam and Yimchunger), he added.
As for Kohima, we will not allow the 6-tribe family to attend the Statehood Day Celebration or participate in the programme, Sangtam said.
(Page News Service)