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NSF apprises govt. on NSSC, NHM & Returnees; Seeks transparency on COVID-19 fund

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Kohima, June 15: The Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) today apprised the Government on issues concerning the establishment of Staff Selection Board, NHM employees agitation, stranded citizens returning to the State and transparency in utilization of COVID-19 fund.
Briefing media persons at Naga Club Building here along with his executives, NSF president Ninoto Awomi said that his team called on the Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio and his cabinet colleague and held deliberations on the issues concerning the State.
On long pending demand for setting up of Nagaland Staff Selection Board, he said the Chief Minister has assured that the Cabinet has decided in principle to set up the board as the government committee set up to frame the modalities has already submitted its recommendation.
Awomi said that the government has assured that the Staff Selection Board would be set up within one month starting today.
On the ongoing agitation of NHM employees affecting the health services during the current pandemic, he said the federation has urged the government to resolve the issue at the earliest.
“The CM assured us that the government is ready to hold deliberations with the aggrieved health workers,” he said.
The NSF, while considering the present pandemic situation, appealed to the NHM employees that the Naga public should not be put on the receiving end because of the issue between them and the government.
“We are in a situation which is more about serving our community,” he said while appealing the NEAN officials to revoke the cease work and start working for the public.
Awomi also assured the support of the federation towards NHM employees in resolving the issue with the government through discussion.
The Federation also expressed concern on the huge number of returnees from outside the state losing their jobs in cities. With their return, he feared the state would face an unemployment crisis. The federation therefore urged the government to take measures to create job opportunities for the unemployed Naga youths.
“The government has assured NSF that a Committee has been set up on employment and sustainability while it is focusing on the agri & allied sector, skill development, tourism and youth resources & sports to solve the unemployment crisis,” he said.
Asked on the stand of the Federation on the government regularizing 27 gazetted posts of Medical officers who were appointed on contingency for one year, while they have not even submitted their joining report, he said NSF has asked the government to review its decision.
He also reiterated the NSF stand that all gazette posts should be filled through competitive exams so that everyone is given equal opportunity.
Meanwhile, the NSF while considering that thousands of non-locals, who were working in the private sector and also set up business here have left due to the pandemic, the Naga unemployed youths should take advantage of the gap in building a self-reliant and sustainable Naga society.
Further, Awomi said that the NSF has urged the government to be transparent in the financial management aspects on the funds received and expenditure incurred. He said the CM has assured to make everything financial detail in the public domain and that transparency will be maintained.
Asked about the steps initiated by the federation to help students attain education during this pandemic, NSF vice president Dievi Yano said that the Federation has asked its federating units to help students with tuitions through the help respective village students’ union as many graduates have gone back and staying in their villages during the lockdown. (Page News Service)