Two new committees -- media cell and public grievances redressal Cell -- have been constituted to bridge the gap between the students’ community and the NSF Credit: EastMojo image

Kohima: The newly-elected executive body of the Naga Students’ Federation (NSF), after taking charge of office on Friday, “has unanimously decided to render outmost priority to the students’ welfare issues”, said Ninoto Awomi, president of the apex students’ body of the Nagas.

Addressing a press conference in Kohima on Wednesday, Awomi assured that all student-related issues will be investigated, after which necessary actions will be taken. Realising the widening gap between the students’ body and the students’ community, the team has established a media cell headed by Siipuni Ng Philo, its assistant general secretary, and a public grievances redressal cell convened by Dievi Yano, its vice-president, and co-convened by Kegwayhun Tep, education & statistics secretary, to further connect with the students.

Keeping in mind the need to resolve the Indo-Naga political issue, ‘emotional integration’ of all Naga-inhabited areas is need of the hour, said NSF president Ninoto Awomi

Awomi mentioned that the body, during its official meeting on Tuesday, “agreed to look into the Nagaland state government recruitment policies and address various lacuna confronting the same.” In this regard, Awomi explained as to how a staff selection board (experts in this field of knowledge) will be set up to prepare a blueprint of the selection modal (in line with the central staff selection) which will further be presented to law enforcing authorities for approval.

Awomi clarified that this idea was proposed to “scrap departmental exams” for grade III employees in the state. “We cannot trust these departmental exams due to the practice of favouritism and nepostism in the selection system,” he added.

While extending its unfliching support to the ongoing Indo-Naga political issue, the federation is firm to work in earnest for the emotional integration of all Naga-inhabited areas, which is needed at this point of time, Awomi added. He further assured that major issues, including Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, and issues confronting the Naga society on a day-to-day basis will also be followed up.

Meanwhile, Kegwayhun Tep, Secretary, education & statistics secretary, affirmed its support to the All Nagaland College Students’ Union (ANCSU) over the issue of the misappropriation of scholarship fund by the concerned department.

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