DIMAPUR, JUNE 14 (MExN): The Eastern Naga Students’ Federation (ENSF) today submitted a representation to the Nagaland State Chief Secretary asking for the inclusion of the Department of Underdeveloped Areas (DUDA) in all departmental job recruitment boards for supervision and implementation of the 25% Job Reservation Policy.
The ENSF noted that through constitutional provision, the reservation policy was introduced in 1977 by the Department of Personnel & Administrative Reforms to uplift the employment status of the present six tribes of Eastern Nagas. After more than three decades a separate policy was again reintroduced, i.e. 25% job reservation.
It however lamented that despite a lapse of 41 years, “not a single department could attain the said percentage of employees in any of the departments under the state government.” The ENSF observed that various departments since their inception have failed to provide special provision for the educationally backward class of the Eastern Nagas. “The department’s initiative stands contradicting to the said Article of the Indian Constitution,” it stated, adding that various departmental exams/interviews are being conducted without adhering to this reservation policy.
It meanwhile also noted that DUDA was created particularly for Tuensang and Mon District, a part of its job being supervision of implementation of job reservation quota for backward tribes inhabiting the underdeveloped areas.
“But till date there has been no approach made by almost all of the departments when it comes to conducting of departmental exams/interviews,” it informed.
The ENSF appealed that DUDA be a member in any departmental exams/interviews conducted to supervise the reservation for the backward tribes of Eastern Nagaland with immediate effect from any advertisement from this date onwards.”
It urged the Chief Secretary to notify the same to all the departments.