The office memorandum was issued by Nagaland chief secretary Temjen Toy

Kohima: In a “strange” move, the government of Nagaland has directed all its employees to self-declare their association with any “Naga underground organisations”, further directing all heads of departments to submit it by August 7.

This is probably the first of its kind where any state government in the country has directed its employees to submit such information.

“As per instructions”, Nagaland chief secreatry Temjen Toy, through an office memorandum dated July 7, 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”.

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It further directed that these forms 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”.

“Name of person who is member of an UG [Underground Group] organization”, the “nature of relationship with the government employee”, name of the organization and rank/position in the UG organization, are some details that sought in the “self-declaration” form.

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Reacting to this, a source from the NSCN-R said that this move made by the state government seems “very intentional” and is a “direct provocation”. Expressing shock, the source questioned if the Indian Service Rule Books ever asked the “entire details” of its employees — going to the extent of asking if any family members or close relatives are associated with the various Naga political groups.

Sources from the NSCN-IM said that this is a “serious matter” but that it is yet to take any decision in response to the decision made by the state government.

Terming it as a “strange” move made by the state government, a source from the NNPG informed that it will likely respond through an official statement soon.

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