Kohima: With the demand for a Staff Selection Board (SSB) in the state, the Public Service Aspirants of Nagaland (PSAN) has initiated a Twitter campaign titled, #NagalandDemandsStaffSelectionBoard, to monitor and conduct exams in the line of the central’s Staff Selection Commission (SSC) rather than the regular departmental exams.
Through this campaign, the aspirants put forward their demands to pressure the government to set up an SSB to conduct and monitor public service examinations on the basis of merit.
On July 29, 2017, the PSAN and Action against Unabated Taxation (ACAUT) notified that a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed against the alleged 705 backdoor appointments to Nagaland Public Service Commission (NPSC) posts in 35 government departments on three issues.
The PIL pleaded the court to “quash and set aside the appointment of 51 backdoor appointees against NPSC posts” and that it was a “contempt of court” since the “appointments were made after the court had banned backdoor appointments through its judgment on June 6”.
It also pleaded to quash the “office memorandums 4/8/2008 and 11/8/2016 which confers powers upon the government to regularise all backdoor appointments made after three years of service which is in total contravention of the SC judgment as passed in Umadevi Case, 2006, which says that backdoor appointment is illegal and ultravires of the Constitution”.
Further, it pleaded the court to “terminate the services of all 655 backdoor appointments made against NPSC posts, that is, appointed between the Umavedi judgement of 2006 and Gauhati HC order, Kohima, dated 6/6/16 or requisition all the 705(655+51) posts to the NPSC for general recruitment through open competitive examination” and to further submit a detailed report of all backdoor appointees before the court.
Later on February 21, 2019, it claimed that a division bench of the Gauhati High Court had dismissed the state government’s plea against ACAUT and PSAN by challenging the judgment and order dated August 3, 2018 passed in WP (C) No.145 (K)/2017 filed against backdoor appointments 706 NPSC posts. It alleged that the state government challenged that “the single judge committed a mistake in not allowing the state government from regularizing the services of backdoor appointments to 706 NPSC posts”.
The NGOs reminded the government that if any illegal appointments were made after the court order 5/8/2016, it shall be a “contempt of court”.
As reported by EastMojo earlier, the Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) has also suggested the creation of a State Selection Board (SSB) in lines with the Central Staff Selection Commission.