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Reservation a ‘contentious issue’: Y Patton

Nagaland News

Kohima, March 5: Nagaland Deputy Chief Minister Y Patton today said that the issue of reservation in the matter of public employment has become a ‘contentious issue’ since the Government is the main employer as employment opportunities in the private sector is limited due to various factors.

Speaking at the consultative meeting on Reservation Policy in Nagaland convened by the Cabinet Sub-Committee at Hotel Japfu here, Patton said in view of the prime importance for jobs to our youths, it is important that equitable opportunities are provided to all sections of the society.
In this perspective, the State Government has been implementing a policy of reservation for tribes that have relatively less representation in Government services, he said.
Maintaining that the Government had decided to review the existing reservation policy through the present Cabinet Sub-Committee, he said the sub-committee felt that the issues relating to reservation required wider consultation like today.
This consultative meet was necessitated to take onboard all the stakeholders by listening and taking into consideration your suggestions and opinions so as to arrive at some consensus on reservation policy and to facilitate the committee in formulating its report to the Government, he said.
He hoped that the people of Nagaland would appreciate the sincerity of the Government and the Cabinet sub-committee for trying its best to resolve the issues at the earliest possible time.

The Deputy CM expressed optimism that the ideas and suggestions the representatives of the civil societies shared before the committee today would go a long way in helping the Government to resolve the issues to the satisfaction of all stakeholders. (Page News Service)