Kohima, November 18: The Eastern Naga Student’s Federation (ENSF) while setting seven day deadline for the Nagaland Government to fulfill its charter of demands on employment of Eastern Nagas in Government sector has threatened to reject the formation of Nagaland Staff Selection Board (NSSB) Regulation 2020 in toto.
Addressing a press conference at DUDA Guest House here today, ENSF officials led by its president Sepili L. Sangtam said the federation has submitted the 7-day ultimatum to the Chief Minister today with the hope of positive consideration and necessary action.
Through the ultimatum, the ENSF reminded the CM that they submitted a representation with regard to the NSSB Regulation, 2020 on September 11 and another representation with regard to the Non-Implementation of P&AR O.M. Notification of 2008, 2011 and 2015 by the Nagaland Public Service Commission on October 26, 2020.
However, due to the lukewarm attitude of the State Government, the federation is compelled to serve this 7 days ultimatum in the interest of employment justice and equality, ENSF officials said.
ENSF pointed out that ever since the state of Nagaland came into existence the people of Eastern Nagas have been suppressed and deprived in all aspects.
“Six decades have already passed after the formation of the state but the condition of the Eastern Nagas in the employment sector is still in dilapidated condition and bad shape,” they said, adding that the nature of the welfare state has never been interpreted in our state to its trust sense for Eastern Nagas.
ENSF officials also cited the provisions of Article 16 of the Indian Constitution on Equality of opportunity in matters of public employment clause (1) There shall be equality of opportunity for all citizens in matters relating to employment or appointment to any office under the state, and (4) Nothing in this article shall prevent the State from making any provision for the reservation of appointments or posts in favour of any backward class of citizens which, in the opinion of the State, is not adequately represented in the services under the State.
With regard to the representation submitted to CM’s office on the NSSB Regulation, 2020, the federation placed 6 points charter of demand on September 11. And also with regard to the representation on the Non-Implementation of P&AR O.M/Notification of 2008, 2011 and 2015 by the NPSC, it placed four points on the charter of demand, they said.
Stating that the federation has detected many irregularities committed by the NPSC, they said in Combined Technical Services, the Eastern Nagas were denied/manipulated of 78.25 posts. In Combined Education Services 36.5 posts and in NCS, NPS, NSS and Allied Services 25 posts were denied/manipulated.
The ENSF officials said that consequent upon the failure of the State Government in addressing their genuine and legitimate demand, they reiterated the 6 points charter of demand on NSSB and to compensate the above mentioned denied/manipulated posts within 7 days from November 18.
Failing which the federation cautioned to take any form of democratic indefinite agitation till their legitimate/genuine demand is fulfilled and that the state government will be solely held responsible for any untoward incident, they said.
The six point charter of demand of ENSF are: In the composition of the Board, the Chairman and 2 Members, all the 3 posts should be rotated amongst the recognized Naga tribes of Nagaland on roster basis to maintain fair, justice and equality to all tribes.
45% posts should be exclusively earmarked for the 6 (Six) tribes of Eastern Nagas (Sangtam, Konyak, Yimchunger, Khiamniungan, Phom and Chang) for 20 years till 6 tribes of Eastern Nagas reaches at par with the rest of the other Nagas after which it shall be subject to review.
Group C posts which are exempted from the preview of NSSB mentioned under schedule-A should be brought under NSSB preview for preliminary and written exam and other Practical/Skill/Physical proficiency and interview should be conducted by the respective department.
Recruitment to the post of Constable/Fireman Constable/Warder/Female Warder in the Police, Prisons, Napland Lokayukta, NPTO, HG/CD and Department of Fire and Emergency Services (Sister Departments) Excise and Forest Guards in the EF&CC should be brought under NSSB preview for preliminary and written examination and other practical skill/physical proficiency and interview should be conducted by the respective department.
Examination Centers for preliminary and Written Exam should be in all the District Headquarters
Penalty provision to defaulters department/concerned officers who fail to recommend the Group C (Level 3-7) vacancy post to NSSB.
The ENSF appealed the State Government to consider the genuine demand placed by the Federation. Failing which the ENSF would reject Nagaland Staff Selection Board Regulation 2020 in toto. (Page News Service)