APO’s Open Letter on Job Vacancies for Dimapur District

Addressed to the Chief Secretary

Sir,
It has come to the knowledge of the Angami Public Organisation (APO) that the State Government has formulated a policy in respect of job vacancies wherein it states “vacancies arising in all the districts will be filled up by the indigenous inhabitants of that district, except for Dimapur district, where it is open to all the tribes and the reservation of posts as per 200 point roster is being maintained for the BTs.”  In this connection, we are to apprise you that the Angami tribe is divided into four different  sub-groups, viz, Northern Angami, Western Angami, Southern Angami and Chakhroma occupying distinct and well demarcated land but contiguous in areas since time immemorial. It may also be mentioned that all these groups were within Kohima District till the creation of Dimapur District wherein the Chakhroma group was placed within Dimapur District. It may further be stated that the Chakhroma inhabited areas started from Piphema/Tsiepama Villages till Chümukedima/Seithekiema villages and are the traditional land owners of Dimapur. Furthermore, this group of Angamis are the indigenous inhabitants of Dimapur district and history is abound with facts of how this group fought with foreign invaders in order to protect their land. ( A letter from concerned officials indicating the above policy is enclosed for reference.)
Sir, while acknowledging the fact that Dimapur Municipal Council has become cosmopolitan in nature, nonetheless, if the above stated policy of the government in respect of job reservation is to be implemented, we feel it as the height of injustice and sheer discrimination and  direct insult to the Chakhroma group who are the indigenous inhabitants of Dimapur District. As per the policy stated above, while vacancies arising from other district are to be filled up by the indigenous inhabitants of that particular district where BT reservation is not even recommended, we fail to understand the wisdom of the Government where the indigenous inhabitants of Dimapur district were completely ignored and discriminated making Dimapur as an open district and recommending reservation of posts as per the 200 point roster for the BTs. Surely, the duplicity of government’s policy in respect of job reservation is beyond our comprehension.
In the light of the above stated facts, we appeal to the policy makers to immediately do away with the above stated policy and 60 % of all job vacancies arising from Dimapur District be reserved for the Angamis of Chakhroma Group who are the indigenous inhabitants of Dimapur District in the interest of justice and fair play.

 
Yours faithfully
K. Linyü, President, APO
Keneingunyü Sekhose, General Secretary, APO