Nagaland: Tribal, student bodies differ on govt vehicle movement ban
Kohima: Days after the Naga Students' Federation (NSF) and the Eastern Naga Students' Federation (ENSF) notified a state-wide ban on movement of government registered vehicles from October 12 onwards as part of its first phase of agitation against the state government, tribal and student bodies have expressed different opinions.
Following a lengthy meeting on Friday, the Angami Public Organization (APO), apex body of the Angami Naga tribe concluded that it "cannot allow any agitation/bandh to take place right now" as all are "passing through the threat of COVID-19 infection".
In a letter addressed to the NSF, dated October 9, APO president Dr Kepelhusie Terhuja and APO Vice president KT Vilie requested the student bodies to call off the proposed agitation/bandh.
As reported earlier, the student bodies called for the bandh due to the inaction of the state government to mainstream teachers of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and Rashtriya Madhyamika Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) batches of 2010 and 2013 batches into the state education cadre.
With the daily increase in the number of COVID-19 positive cases, the APO said that the whole state has come to a standstill due to pandemic and that the normal activity of the people is still a "far cry".
"At this critical juncture we cannot allow any agitation/bandh in the Angami area," it said. It may be noted that the Angami Nagas are predominantly settled in Kohima and Dimapur districts. It also said that the Naga solution is also at its "doorstep".
Therefore, it decided that no agitation/bandh at this point of time will be allowed to take place in the Angami area. It said that it will request the state government "not to terminate SSA and RMSA teachers from the services" and that the government should regularize the service of the SSA and RMSA teachers according to the vacancies that arise.
"In the case of any group calling agitation/bandh forcefully, the APO will consider it a direct challenge to the decision of the APO," it added further requesting the NSF "to cancel the said agitation/bandh to prevail peace and harmony in the state".
Student bodies supports the bandh:
Meanwhile, in response to the call of the NSF and the ENSF, the Rengma Students' Union (RSU), Chakhesang Students' Union (CSU), Ao Students' Conference (AKM), Konyak Students' Union and the All Sumi Students' Union (SSK), through separate notifications extended its support to the indefinite ban on movement of government registered vehicles bearing NL-10 and NL-11 within its respective jurisdictions.
The first phase of the agitation is proposed to begin from October 12 onwards till further notice from the federations. The announcement of the agitation comes after the lapse of the 30-day joint ultimatum that was submitted to the state government on September 2 with regard to mainstreaming of SSA & RMSA Teachers 2010 & 2013 batch into the state education cadre.