DIMAPUR, JUNE 7: The Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) today said it would stand committed to the Indo-Naga political issue and shall leave no stones unturned to push forth for early settlement to the protracted Indo-Naga political issue vis-à-vis the peace process.
The Federation appealed for peace and unity among the Nagas and further appealed to all Naga Political Groups (NPGs) and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to come together under one table for an early inclusive, honourable and acceptable solution to the protracted Indo-Naga political issue.
It also called upon the Government of India to expedite the process of Indo-Naga political dialogue with the negotiating parties and ink the final agreement to the protracted Indo-Naga political issue without delay.
In a press release issued by its president, Kegwayhun Tep and general secretary, Siipuni Ng Philo, the NSF viewed that effective implementation of e-Governance is the need of the hour which would bring about ‘transparency’ in governance.
It said access to accurate and updated information in regard to various State Government’s functionaries, Departments (including District Administration) and agencies, such as schemes and programmes, incumbency list, post creations and vacancies, progress report of the Department and vice versa, must be made readily available in the public domain in compliance with the laid down guidelines for departmental websites (GIGW), so as to enhance the level of citizen interaction through application of internet and mobile technologies and to ensure that the benefits are accessed by all citizens.
In this regard, the Federation advocated e-governance as a tool to bring ‘transparency’ as a powerful agent to check corruption in State governance.
Covid-19 related issues
The Federation while acknowledging the hardships of the students’ fraternity and parents in general, appealed to all the educational institutions to waive off school fees owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Federation also appealed to the Government of Nagaland not to shut down stationery shops and bookstores during the lockdown in order to readily make accessible the basic needs and requirements of the students’ community.
While appreciating the State Government, Frontline Workers and Healthcare Workers for their tireless efforts and services rendered during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federation urged the State Government to maintain transparency in utilization of COVID-19 funds.
Nagaland Staff Selection Board (NSSB)
The Federation appealed to the State Government not to further delay the implementation of NSSB and to make it fully functional owing to the rise in the number of educated unemployed youths in the state. Further, the State Government should revise and resolve the Reservation Policy in the state within the legally permissible jurisdiction without delay, it said.
On SSA & RMSA teachers 2010 and 2013 batches, the Federation said it is committed to ensure that the agreement signed on October 18, 2020 pertaining to the rationalization of SSA and RMSA Teachers is materialised in letter and spirit.
Meanwhile, the NSF constituted the Public Grievance Redressel Cell during the 1st official meeting with Atokiho Sumi (vice president) as Convenor and Medovi Rhi (secretary education) as co-convenor. It also constituted media cell with Mteisuding (secretary information & publicity) as Convenor and Kaisü Chakre (secretary games and sports) as co-covenor.
It also expressed gratitude to Rev. Dr. Zelhou Keyho, General Secretary NBBC, for invoking God’s blessing upon the NSF officials for the tenure 2021-2023 at NSF Office, Oking Naga Club Building, Kohima.
(Page News Service)