DIMAPUR, NOVEMBER 28: The Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) has expressed concern over the demand of 45% reservation in the NSSB by the Eastern Naga Students’ Federation (ENSF).
In a representation to Nagaland Chief Minister, the NSF stated that in the present existing policy the Eastern Nagas are enjoying 25%, the Chakhesang/Pochury 6%, Zeliang 4%, Sumis of Kiphire 2% and the physically challenged 4%. The total percentage of reservation in jobs in the state of Nagaland presently stands at 41%, which is perhaps one of the highest in the states in India.
Stating that the very purpose of the demand for setting up the NSSB in the state is to discourage random backdoor appointments and to encourage meritocracy, NSF president, Ninoto Awomi and general secretary, Liremo R Kikon said in the given circumstance, if a particular group or community resorts to unreasonable and exorbitant demands both before the eyes of the common men and the rule of law, it defeats the purpose of cohesive united stand on an equal footing in a harmonious society.
Assuming that that the state Government would cower down to the demands of the ENSF, the NSF said the total percentage of reservation in the state would increase to 61% and such a development would be detrimental to the intellectual growth of the younger generation, defeat competitive mindset and ultimately murder meritocracy in the state.
“Be it the NSF or the ENSF, the purpose of any students’ organization is to promote students and youth welfare activities with the ultimate purpose of promoting meritocracy,” the NSF said.
The Federation viewed that within the reasonable purview of law, reservation should be provided to bridge the gap and that the demands for reservation should be within reasonable bounds so as not to defeat meritocracy for a progressive society.
The NSF said it is crystal clear on the criteria which would enhance and promote meritocracy in the examination process and added that there should be equal criteria on educational qualification for all jobs, because the qualification divide between the so-called advanced tribes and the backward tribes is no more existent.
It said the cut off marks on reservation quota for the backward tribes should be specified and the relaxed cutoff marks should neither be too high nor too low to become incompetent to man the post.
It further said a specific cut off year should be set out for periodical review of the reservation policy, and once the representation of the members of the backward tribes in the posts reflects fair representation, the reservation policy must be reviewed.
On the demands of the ENSF and the overall existing reservation policy, the NSF said it is befuddled on whether the very purpose of the exorbitant demand is to sabotage and derail the long-drawn effort to constitute the NSSB into a reality.
The NSF further said the state while reviewing its policies must also use the service of the legal luminaries at its disposal to make a decision that is reasonable before the eye of common men and acceptable before the rule of law.
“Any policy decision that would defeat reasonable balance and negatively impact the harmonious co-existence of brotherhood and sisterhood of the Nagas will bear negative results taking back the state to pathetic backwardness,” it said adding the ultimate decision should encourage the younger generation to develop the spirit of competitiveness and to defeat the present mentality of dependency, which is the main root cause of the non-progressive young people.
(Page News Service)