DIMAPUR, SEPTEMBER 2: In response to the PIL filed at Kohima Bench of Gauhati High Court by the Rising People’s Party (RPP) through its Secretary (admin) Lhikhro Kreo and others for the immediate functioning of the NSSB and also for the revocation of the DPAR order to conduct Departmental exams, the High Court admitted the PIL and in hearing before Justice Songkhupchung Serto and Justice S Hukato Swu, suspended the Office Memorandum empowering the 76 Departments to conduct recruitment exams.
The Judges, in their Order, gave 4 weeks’ Notice to the Government to file their reply and listed the matter immediately after 4 weeks.
“The interim prayer shall be heard on the next date. However, the OM shall remain suspended till the returnable date”, the order stated.
Neiteo Koza, learned Counsel appearing for the petitioners also submitted that the NSSB was already constituted vide Notification No.AR-3/GEN-374/2020 dated 20th July 2020 issued by the GON, Department of P&AR and thereafter the NSSB regulation 2020 was enacted and effective from the day it was notified in the Nagaland Gazette dated 31/07/2020.
She also stated that the Government of Nagaland, Department of P&AR (Administrative Reforms Branch), issued an OM No. AR-5 (ASSO/98 Vol-1), dated 16/7/2021 wherein the ban on appointment against existing vacancies including a number of posts falling under the category of Group-C posts has been lifted and recruitment to such vacancies through NPSC or Departmental recruitment board till such time that NSSB is made functional has been allowed.
Koza further submitted that it has been a long standing demand of the people, especially from unemployed youths, that such a board, i.e., NSSB is established so that recruitment to Group-C post may be conducted in a transparent and fair manner. But with the issuance of the OM, it appears that the intention of the Government is to keep the NSSB non functional for a long time so that recruitment through backdoor may continue, the Counsel stated.
Meanwhile, the Rising People’s Party, in a press release, alleged that the motive in keeping the NSSB non-functional for such a long period seems intentional and questionable.
The RPP made its stand clear that all recruitments to posts that fall under Group-C must be conducted through the NSSB for fairness and transparency and for which reason the NSSB has been constituted as a long standing demand of the people.
(Page News Service)