ENSF demands 25% reservation

Tuensang, May 12 (MExN): The Eastern Naga Students’ Federation, Tuensang, has again raised the issue of 25% reservation in every department for the Eastern Naga tribes, and in relation to the recent recruitment drive carried out for posts/positions in the Nagaland Mahila Battalion (IR).

The ENSF, in a memorandum addressed to the Director General of Police, Nagaland, referred to a government notification issued on July 23, 2008, stating that it had mentioned “clearly the 25% job/post reservation for the six (6) tribes, i.e. Konyak, Chankg, Sangtam, Phom, Yimchunger, Khiamnuingan, in all the recruitment to maintain reservation in all the categories”.

A copy of the memorandum received here and issued by ENSF general secretary, P Methna Konyak, expressed anguish that the recruitment drive for 82 Havildar and 21 ABSI posts to the Mahila Battalion (IR) was made for the ‘general quota’ alone. “This is clear violation of government notification through P&AR for reservation of quota for backward tribes in any recruitment under any department,” stated the ENSF.

The Federation further made a request to the DGP to “maintain the said reservation policy without any bias” in the ongoing Mahila Battalion (IR) recruitment. “If the person belonging to abovementioned is not found and could not fill the 25% post, reservation reserved particularly for our tribes should be left vacant as carry-over and advertised next time for the six tribes only,” it suggested.

Further demanding that every department implement the 25% job post reservation policy justly in letter and in spirit without any favouritism and prejudice, the ENSF cautioned that failure to comply with their “request” would compel the Federation to “take its own course of action where the department shall be held responsible”.