Wednesday, May 31, 2023

NSF seeks CM’s intervention on ‘pressing issues’

Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) sought the state chief minister’s “immediate and effective intervention” on several pressing issues including “Indo-Naga” political issue, NSSB and ILP among others.
In a representation chief minister, NSF president Kegwayhun Tep expressed concern over the growing divide amongst the various sections of the Naga society and appealed to the government to “sincerely and proactively work” towards ensuring peace and unity prevailed among the Nagas.
NSF also urged the government to work towards ensuring that Naga Political Groups (NPGs) and civil society organisations (CSOs) come together under one table for an early, inclusive, honourable and acceptable solution to the protracted “Indo-Naga” political issue.
Further, NSF appealed to the state government to effectively liaise with the Government of India a facilitator to expedite the process of “Indo-Naga” political dialogue with the negotiating parties and ink the final agreement in line with the unique ‘history and situation’ of the Naga people.
Nagaland Staff Selection Board: The federation reiterated its demand for reducing viva-voce component in all categories to 5% of the total marks against 12.5%. NSF described as “misleading” the NSSB’s justification that 12.5% marks allocation for viva-voce component cannot be rolled-back due to the provisions contained in the NSSB regulations, 2022.
It pointed out that there was “absolutely no mention” of the minimum threshold anywhere in the regulation.
The federation has, therefore, urged the chief minister to immediate in helping the thousands of aspirants in the state for equal job opportunity and meritocracy in the process of selection to Group C posts by lowering the viva-voce marks to 5%.
Further, NSF urged the state government to revise and resolve the Reservation Policy in the state within the legally permissible jurisdiction without delay.

Inner Line Permit (ILP): NSF said that implementation of ILP system has been “far from effective” in the state. It stated that even the online ILP system was far from serving its purpose.
NSF asserted that a robust system needed to be put in place to check the influx of illegal immigrants in the state. The federation suggested setting up a state level committee/commission with the mandate to monitor the implementation of ILP system in the state.

Youth empowerment: NSF stated that there was an alarming rise of the population of the educated unemployed youths in the state. The federation underlined the urgent need to set up more skill training institutes and well as nurturing of sporting talents in the state.
NSF has, therefore, appealed to the government to take up more measures, which would ensure the welfare of the student and youth community.

e-Governance: Stressing the need for e-Governance, the federation maintained that effective implementation of e-Governance would bring about transparency in governance.
It stated that access to accurate and updated information with regard to various state government’s functionaries, departments (including District Administration) and agencies “will reign in the impetus required to effective governance.”
In this regard, the federation has strongly advocated e-governance as a tool to bring “transparency as a powerful agent to check corruption in the governance of the state.”


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