Kohima: After the state government mandated all its employees to self-declare their association with any “Naga underground organisations”, it has come to clarify that the decision was made on the direction of Governor RN Ravi, who is also the interlocutor for Naga peace talks.
The matter was deliberated by the state cabinet in its meeting held on July 3 following which the office memorandum dated July 7 was issued, the state government said through the DIPR.
The state government’s clarification comes in view of the public response, including the NSCN-IM and the NNPGs, on the matter of government officials requiring to furnish information regarding their family members and relatives in Naga political organizations.
In the “interest of maintaining transparency”, the state government narrated the genesis of the decision imposed on its employees, where it directed all administrative heads of departments and all heads of the departments “to obtain information in the self-declaration form from all Government servants regarding “family members and relatives in underground organisations”.
It recalled that on February 14 this year, the office of the Governor, through the Commissioner & Secretary to Governor, had written to the Chief Secretary which sought the “Governor’s desire to have a database of State Government employees’ family members and relatives in underground organizations”.
“The letter required every Government employee to make a self declaration in a format which was enclosed along with the letters. The letter desired members of the Police Department to be segregated and furnished separately. The letter further directed the Home Commissioner to keep hard copies of the declaration and a soft copy to be sent to the Governor’s Office by 2nd April, 2020,” the statement from the DIPR said.
It goes on to say that a reminder letter was received by the Chief Secretary’s office from the Governor’s Office on June 24. The decision of the Government to issue the Office Memorandum (OM) was made on the direction of the Governor which was deliberated by the State Cabinet, it added.
As reported earlier, the OM issued by the chief Secretary mentioned that “as per instructions”, the directives was sent out to all administrative heads of departments and all heads of the departments.
As per the OM, the self-declaration forms were to be submitted to the home department, political branch latest by August 7 positively. The self-declaration form sought whether if there is “any family members or close relative is a member of a Naga underground organisation”.