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NSF condemns Govt for seeking info of employees’ relatives in UG groups

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Dimapur, July 23: The Naga Students’ Federation has condemned the exercise being undertaken by the Government of Nagaland wherein the home department-political branch, GON through an office memorandum had directed all head of departments to obtain information from government servants regarding family members and relatives in underground organisations.
The NSF denounced the usage of the term ‘undergrounds’ to refer to Naga national workers by the Government of Nagaland.
It reminded the government that the unique history and situation of the Naga people have been officially recognised by the Government of India after which a long drawn political negotiation ensued. “Therefore, it is unbecoming that the impugned office memo refers to the torchbearers of the internationally recognised movement in a manner which undermines the mutual respect and understanding reached between the Naga political groups and the GOI,” a press release issued by NSF president, Ninoto Awomi and general secretary, Liremo R Kikon stated.
The NSF said it would not allow the Government of Nagaland’s move to profile its employees. “This attempt by the GOI reeks of influence from adversaries of the Naga people to sabotage the hard earned peace in Naga inhabited areas by holding the family members of our freedom fighters as hostage. Such an attempt will only prove counter productive as the flame of the cause that is just and fair can never be put out from the hearts and minds of the Nagas,” it stated.
The NSF appealed to the state Government to review the stated directive and ensure that the same is not implemented as it is against the interest of the Naga people who had voted them to power. It asked the Government to focus on finding a permanent solution to the protracted Indo-Naga political issue by taking on board all the stakeholders.
Further, the NSF has also taken serious note of the “unpopular approach” of RN Ravi while dealing with the Naga people in his dual role as the GOI appointed Interlocutor as well as the Constitutional Head of the state of Nagaland.
The NSF appealed to the interlocutor’s office to delve seriously into the task assigned to him and ensure that a negotiated final settlement to the protracted Naga political issue is brought about without further delay.
It also said the Federation would be compelled to take up all forms of democratic agitations, should the GON decide against rescinding the ill-conceived directive. (Page News Service)