File image of posters that were displayed during one of the protest over NSSB row Credit: EastMojo Image

Kohima: The Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) on Thursday appealed the state government to practice “total transparency” in the process of recruiting the Chairman and members of Nagaland Staff Selection Board (NSSB).

NSF President Ninoto Awomi and general secretary Liremo Kikon said that the student body is pleased with the various positive steps being initiated by the state government to bring the NSSB to “fruition”.

According to the student leaders, the recent notification which invited applications for the post of Chairman and members of NSSB is another “welcome move towards ensuring a swift and proper implementation of the same”.

It reminded the state government that the demand for setting up of NSSB came at the backdrop of the rampant corruption, backdoor appointment and other mal-practices which were prevalent in the recruitment process to various government jobs in the state.

“NSSB is to ensure that these evils are weeded out, and the culture of meritocracy is adopted. To achieve this, the government should practice total transparency in the process of recruiting the Chairman and members of NSSB,” the student body said.

It also appealed the state government to put in place a robust system where only officers with a proven track record of expertise, integrity and morality throughout their career are on-boarded to NSSB. “Until a group of incorruptible officers are constituted to form the board members, the very purpose of NSSB will be defeated,” it added.

Further, the student body said that it is unapologetically of the view that equal job opportunity must be provided to everyone and that only deserving candidates are recruited through NSSB.

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Furthermore, the Federation appealed the Nagaland Public Service Commission (NPSC) to ensure that the long-pending prelims results of Nagaland Combined Civil Services Examination (CESE) 2019 are released without any further delay.

The uncertainty over the outcome of the examination which was conducted in November last year has been the reason for much anguish and frustration to those aspiring candidates, it said.

The student body added saying that the delay tactic adopted by the commission while taking the excuse of the COVID-19 pandemic shall prove to be counter-productive in the face of the soaring unemployment amongst the youths of the state.

It said that the future of the students and the youth cannot be compromised due to reason which is beyond anyone’s control. “The commission must respect this sincere aspiration of the students and provide them with the platform for true intellectual competition while we all learn to live together with the Coronavirus,” it added.

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