Apropos of the article “SKK wants NPSC candidate of the results SKK urges NPSC to annul result of one candidate” which appeared in the 17th January, 2020 Issue of all the local dailies wherein the “All Sumi Students’ Union (SKK)” has stated that Miss Levi Sumi, who is alleged to be not a Naga has been selected in the recently declared result of the NPSC and demanded the authority to nullify her result. The SKK further stated the person is “neither an indigenous inhabitant of Kiphire nor does she belongs to any Schedule Tribe of Nagaland” and that her selection has “defied all the norms and procedure set by the Government of Nagaland”. In this connection, the Nagaland Public Service Commission is to clarify that the Commission has no authority to deviate from any laid down procedures of recruitment examination or declaration of results duly notified by the State Government and that it has been meticulously following all the norms and procedures set by the government.
In the instant case, the Commission received an application from Miss Levi Sumi for the NCS & Allied Services Examination, 2018 enclosing her educational certificates from HSLC onward till her Master’s Degree in (History & Archaeology) along with ST & Indigenous Inhabitant Certificates duly issued by the Deputy Commissioner, Kiphire, Nagaland. In all the certificates mentioned above, the Commission found that her father’s name as Hotoshe Sumi, a permanent resident of Yangzitong Village, Kiphire. The Deputy Commissioner, Kiphire has on 09/6/2017 issued Indigenous Inhabitant Certificate to Miss Levi Sumi, certifying that she and her family ordinarily resides in Yangzitong village of Kiphire and that she belongs to Sumi tribe of Kiphire District which is notified as one of the backward tribe of Nagaland. Having found all the pertinent documents to be genuine, the Commission selected her for the post of Secretariat Assistant against the backlog vacancy reserved for Sumi (Kiphire). However, the Commission received a complaint from the “Kiphire Tuensang District Sumi Students’ Union” stating that Miss Levi Sumi is not a bonafide indigenous citizen of Yangzitong village, the Commission then immediately brought the matter to the notice of the State Government. Accordingly, the P&AR sought verification from the Deputy Commissioner, Kiphire in respect of the Indigenous Inhabitant Certificate of Miss Levi Sumi. The Deputy Commissioner, Kiphire on 10th January, 2020 had forwarded to the Government the verification report received from the GBs and Council of Yangzitong Village A & B, whereby the Yangzitong Village Council has clarified that Miss Levi Sumi, daughter of Hotoshe Sumi is a bonafide citizen of Yangzitong Village.
While the Commission will always welcome complaints and suggestions from all concern citizen, it is also expected that in the present case it would have been better had the “All Sumi Students’ Union (SKK) discussed the issue with the Commission before going public in order not to be misled or be carried away with only one sided version of the matter. Drawing one’s own conclusion such as “defied all the norms and procedure set by the Government of Nagaland” as alleged by an apex students organization such as SSK is not called for and may amount to vilification of the Commission. The Commission, therefore, once again appeal to one and all to come forward and discuss issues with the Commission in the interest of all concerned, rather than going public through media.
KEVEKHA KEVIN Zehol, NCS
Nagaland Public Service Commission
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