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ENSF to go on an indefinite agitation from April 21

Nagaland News

KOHIMA, APRIL 18: The Eastern Naga Students’ Federation (ENSF) has announced that it will go on an indefinite democratic agitation at the Nagaland Civil Secretariat from April 21.
President ENSF, Chingmak Chang said this at a press conference at DUDA Guest House, Kohima, on April 18.
He said that the indefinite agitation is in connection with the non-fulfilment of the Federation’s Charter of Demands (points 3 & 4), which is for inclusion of the exempted Departments and the posts under Nagaland Staff Selection Board Regulation 2020.
Chang detailed that, following the creation of the SSB by the State Government, the Federation on September 11, 2020 submitted a rejection letter to the GoN calling for a change in regard to the modalities of the NSSB that was not satisfactory to the Federation.
The Government responded to the Federation’s demand by creating a Cabinet Sub-Committee on September 29, 2020.
It was created to discuss and deliberate on the Charter of Demands placed by the ENSF. However, it is unfortunate that the Government has never discussed and deliberated on points 3 & 4 of out of the 6 charter of demands even after constituting the Cabinet Sub-Committee.
Chang explained that Point 3 pertains to the inclusion of Group C posts which are exempted from the preview of the NSSB mentioned under Schedule A. These Grade-III post should be brought under NSSB’s purview for preliminary and written exams, followed by practical/skill/proficiency and interviews at the concerned Departments, he said.
He added that point 4 of the Charter of Demands, pertains to the demand for inclusion of the 8 exempted Departments that are not currently under the purview of the Board namely: Department of Police, Department of Prisons, Nagaland Lokayukta, Nagaland Police Telecommunication Organization, Home Guards & Civil Defense, Fire & Emergency Services, Excise & Forest Guard which is under the Department of Environment Forest & Climate Change.
Stating that the sole purpose of constituting the NSSB was to eradicate backdoor appointment and give way to meritocracy.
The Federation is of the opinion that the purpose of the NSSB had been defeated even after it got fully implemented, stated the president.
If the Government goes ahead without making the necessary recommendations, then it is afraid that the NSSB will be futile, he said.
While the Federation is yet to obtain the permit to hold the agitation, Chang said that he is optimistic that there won’t be any hurdles towards obtaining a permit since it is a democratic country and the agitation is a democratic and peaceful one.
The demands made by the ENSF are not just for the eastern region but for the whole of Nagas. “While we are yet to formally invite other Naga student bodies except for the 7 federating units of the ENSF, I am optimistic that a strong movement can be rallied”, the president added.
Former President of ENSF, Sepili Sangtam also stressed on the need to fully incorporate the two present demands of the federation.
(Page News Service)