ASU urges chief secretary to acknowledge ‘inherent rights’

Kohima, August 18 (MExN): Angami Students’ Union (ASU) today wrote to the chief secretary of Nagaland demanding that appointment to the resultant vacancies of grade-III and grade-IV posts in the district government offices in Kohima be given to the indigenous inhabitants only.


The representation signed by ASU president Dievi Yano and general secretary Visako Rino stated, “Our disputation is not based on any dominance or any such influence neither any assumption nor interpretation as such. Our strife is to fight for our inherent rights as indigenous inhabitants of Kohima which is conventionally followed in all the other districts of Nagaland.”


ASU pointed out that many posts of grade III and IV are occupied by people from other districts, “totally denying and compromising the inherent and natural right of the indigenous inhabitants” of the district. “Here, we are not claiming reservation or quota. Far from it, we only insist upon what we deserve as it is true in all the other districts,” ASU stated. The students’ union further said it has probed and found out many anomalies/discrepancies through public reports and information gathered through RTI, justifying its demands.


The union prayed that the chief secretary will necessitate “extraordinary” measures to address the issue and until the time the matter is settled, any appointment(s) be kept in abeyance. “We trust that acknowledgement of our inherent rights stated in this representation would save all avoidable situations that might arise,” it added.