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Job Reservation: ENSF serves 13-day ultimatum

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KOHIMA, MAY 3: The Eastern Naga Students’ Federation (ENSF) has served a 13-day ultimatum to the Government of Nagaland on Monday, citing lack of positive response from the Government over the implementation of 25% job reservation under Nagaland Public Service Commission (NPSC).

Addressing a press conference at DUDA guest house in Kohima, the President of ENSF, Sepili L Sangtam said that the Federation had a meeting with Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on May 3 and submitted a 13-day ultimatum, which is from May 3-May 15, in order to address the “legitimate demands” placed by the Federation.
“Failing to address our demand within this stipulated time of 13 days, we may be compelled to take another extreme step by demanding the prosecution of the commission or the officers who have systematically manipulated the 25% reservation policy clearly notified by the State Government,” he added.
Sangtam said that 25% job reservation was earmarked particularly for the 6 backward tribes (Sangtam, Konyak, Yimchunger, Khiamniungan, Phom and Chang) in 2008 and implementation started in 2009. “We have filed an RTI and have examined all the relevant reservation policies issued by the Personnel & Administrative Reforms (P&AR) Department and have found major anomalies and manipulation by the NPSC from 2009-2020,” he added.
Recapping the turn of events that led to the ENSF serving an ultimatum to the Government of Nagaland on Monday, Sangtam said that last year in November and December, the federation had carried out a 5-day agitation pertaining to SSB and NPSC issues.
Following this, on December 7, 2020, the Cabinet Sub-committee had appealed to the ENSF to extend some time to address the demand of the ENSF, and accordingly, the Federation extended the deadline till January 10, 2021, but there was no intimidation from the Government, he said.
However, on January 14, 2020, the Cabinet had again directed the sub-committee to submit its reports within 3 months, which ended on April 14, 2021. Since there was no positive response from the Government after more than 5 months, the ENSF along with its 6 federating units had decided to serve the 13-day ultimatum to the Government of Nagaland, Sangtam informed.
He also shared that another “shocking discovery” made by the ENSF from the RTI furnished by the NPSC, and the notification from the P&AR Department, was that the “non-eastern backward tribe” had availed more than 34 posts in combined technical examination after fulfilling their percentage.

“They have availed more than 34 posts in combined technical examinations in NCS, NPS and Allied services. Here, the serious question is…the Government has issued the same notification, same reservation policy, why only depriving the six backward tribes? In this regard, we would like the NPSC to clarify why the other non-eastern backward tribe has availed that much extra posts after fulfilling their earmarked job reservation,” stated Sangtam. (Page News Service)