NPSC not implementing job reservation: ENSF

Tuensang, October 27 (MExN): The Eastern Naga Students’ Federation (ENSF) has claimed that the Nagaland Public Service Commission (NPSC) is not implementing the 25% job reservation “in letter and in spirit”.

In a representation submitted to Chief Minister (CM) Neiphiu Rio on October 26, the ENSF reminded that 25% job reservation for the six backward tribes of Eastern Nagaland was notified in the year 2008.

However, the reservation was not implemented/followed in letter and in spirit by the NPSC, it alleged, adding that this was in contravention to the earlier office memorandums (OM) on operating the roster system and ban on de-reservation of vacancies.

If no candidate is available from the six backward tribes for filling up the earmarked post, the concerned authority should strictly implement/follow as per the office memorandum of 2015, the Federation pointed out.

While acknowledging the non-availability of qualified candidates from the six backward tribes in some posts, the ENSF alleged that without following the OM of 2008 and 2011, there are many instances where the Eastern candidates in the roster point were denied the benefit.

In this regard, the Federation stated that it has detected “many anomalies in the Combined Technical Services as per the information received from NPSC through RTI.”

The ENSF also alleged that a minimum of 60 Combined Technical Service posts reserved for the six backward tribes of Eastern Nagaland have been denied by the Commission and demanded compensation for the same.

The Federation also highlighted similar anomalies in the Combined Educational Services, where a minimum of 30 posts in Combined Educational Services “were denied/ manipulated” and demanded compensation.

“It is also to be noted that the Federation have detected some anomalies even in the NCS/NPS/NSS and Allied Services examination and found out that there are some posts which were denied to the candidate of Eastern Nagaland by the concerned authority,” it claimed.

The Federation further demanded for the resigned post to be permanently reserved for that particular tribe in order to maintain employment justice and equality.

The ENSF appealed to the CM to instruct the NPSC to declare the marks obtained in the written examination as well as marks obtained through viva voce in the local dailies/public domain in order to maintain transparency in selection of candidates.

With regard to the qualification criteria of the Board Members and Chairman of NPSC, the Federation further demanded for reconsideration of the post graduate degree holder to graduate degree holder particularly for the six backward tribes of Eastern Nagaland.

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