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Morung Express News
Dimapur | February 12
The Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) and the Nagaland Tribes Action Committee (NTAC) have resolved to call for daily state-wide bandh from February 13 onwards.
A press note from the NTAC media cell stated that the bandh “shall be peaceful and non-violent.” It further informed that all educational institutions, including NBSE and SCERT will come under the purview of the bandh.
The NTAC also informed that it had a joint meeting with Kohima-based tribe Hoho leaders and deliberated on the continuous presence of the legislators in Kohima “who seemingly appear to have been coerced to give moral and physical support to the beleaguered Chief Minister of Nagaland.”
It advised the legislators to “realise their duties and responsibilities in their respective constituencies rather than remain in Kohima for the past few days when all the government machineries are paralysed.”
The NTAC said the legislators should “realise the pain and suffering of the people and respond to it appropriately instead of being holed up not being given the liberty of sagacity.”
JCC says HSSLC/HSLC exams will not be exempt
Meanwhile, the JCC at a media briefing in Dimapur informed that the impending HSSLC/HSLC examinations will not be exempt from the purview of the bandh. Reiterating that the bandh will cover all educational establishments, including the Nagaland Board School Education HSSLC/HSLC examinations scheduled to begin on February 14, the JCC stated “the NBSE will likely issue a notification on February 13” with regard to deferment of the examinations.
It however added that the ongoing CBSE examination has been exempted from the purview of the bandh as the annual CBSE final examination is already on. Power department field workers responding to emergencies or consumer complaints will be exempt. However, offices of the Power department will not be allowed to function.
Stating that the bandh should be “public friendly,” the JCC urged bandh volunteers to maintain discipline and display courtesy. It discouraged the use of alcohol by volunteers and to refrain from vandalism.
The JCC also cautioned against individuals or political parties taking undue advantage of the situation. While calling for cooperation from all quarters of the society, the JCC appealed government employees to bear with the present situation, which has resulted in the withholding of monthly salaries.
With regard to the NPF statement defending the state government’s action, the JCC stated, “Wrong cannot be made right even with the passage of time.” Stating that the “U turn of the state government” with regard to the January 30 agreement cannot be justified, the JCC appealed the NPF not to confuse itself and more so the people. “The JCC and NTAC are not political institutions. Our intention is very clear, that is, to safeguard the interest of the Naga people.”