Kohima: Amid protest by students, the Public Health Engineering Department (PHED) has postponed the proposed departmental exam for recruitment to various Group-C posts within the department.

A letter issued by MK Mero said that as instructed by the minister of PHED, the proposed exams for the LDA-cum-computer assistant, scheduled to be held on January 13, has been postponed until further notice.

Earlier, the Naga Students’ federation (NSF) said it cannot allow the proposed exam to take place in “in good conscience” as it is convinced that the proposed departmental exam undermines the principle of meritocracy, which the federation has been staunchly advocating for many years.

“It defeats the very principle of providing a level playing field to everyone aspiring to serve the state government as a Group C employee by constituting the NSSB,” the students had said.

The NSF had also warned the department concerned that if any actions in defiance of the stand of the federation are initiated, the officials of the department will be solely responsible for any unwanted consequences.

While the federation acknowledged Chief Minister of Nagaland Neiphiu Rio and the state cabinet for their sincere efforts to ensure that reservation policy of the state is completely revamped and rationalised, it said that the exercise undertaken needs to to completed in a timebound manner.

The Federation said it needs to be done with an amicable solution to the issue of ‘reservation and reservation policies’ that has been stalling the Nagaland Staff Selection Board (NSSB) and needs to brought out before the February 15.

It had also warned that the federation will be compelled to take up action in conformity with the democratic principles to ensure that aspirations of the youth and students community of the state.

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