The first phase of agitation shall be carried out until further directive from the office of NSF Credit: File image 

Kohima: The Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) on Friday announced a directive that the first phase of agitation starting from October 30 to protest against the government for failing to comply with its demand of setting up a Staff Selection Board (SSB) in Nagaland.

The statement said that as per the resolution adopted in its 1st Presidential Council meeting for the tenure 2019-21, “It was unanimously resolved to register the resentment of the federation in a democratic and phased manner against the failure of the government of Nagaland to comply with its demands for setting up of Staff Selection Board (SSB) in the state.”

Copy of the directive signed by NSF president Ninoto Awomi 

The directive signed by NSF president Ninoto Awomi said: “It is hereby informed to all concerned that the 1st phase of democratic agitation shall commence on the 30th of Oct. 2019 wherein all the school, college and university going students shall wear symbolic black bands/badges along with the uniform of their respective institutions. This first phase of agitation shall be carried out until further directive from the office of NSF.”

The federation directs all its federating units and subordinate bodies “to take up all necessary actions to ensure that the protest is carried out successfully in their respective jurisdiction”. It also appealed all stakeholders to lend “support and cooperation in this fight towards a just future”.

Furthermore, all units were directed to forward a compliance report accompanied by pictorial/video proof to the office of NSF by November 3. And on Monday, the NSF has appealed all “right thinking Naga citizens to come forward and lend your support towards the federation” intimidating to show its resentment “through a series of democratic mass based protest”.

Earlier on June 11, the NSF submitted a memorandum to the chief minister of Nagaland for setting up of a committee to draft modalities for setting up of the SSB in the state within two months’ time.

Later on August 21, it served a month’s ultimatum to the government demanding the state government to: issue notification banning all recruitment to ‘Group C’ posts until the implementation of SSB in the state; issue notification for scrapping down of all departmental exams for recruitment to ‘Group C’ posts; and setting up of SSB and that all existing vacancies be filled through open recruitment.

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