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Backdoor appointments: NSF suspends sit-in

By Our Correspondent Updated: Dec 22, 2016 12:21 am

Kohima, Dec 21: Following the State Government’s assurance to revoke all backdoor appointments, the NSF has temporarily suspended its sit-in protest. It held the sit-in at the Civil Secretariat on Wednesday.
The NSF began its first phase agitation in the form of sit-in protest against the backdoor appointment made after June 6, 2016.
The State Government in a letter through Personnel and Administrative Reforms (P&AR) Department today directed all departments where proper procedure has not been followed to revoke the appointments after giving an opportunity of one month to the appointees through a show cause notice. The departments have also been directed to fill up the posts through proper procedure. In some cases, where the appointments have been made without sanctioned posts, the departments have been asked to move for creation of posts before making any appointment.
Addressing the volunteers and media persons, NSF president Subenthung Kithan said eight departments namely Vety & Animal Husbandry, Higher & Technical Education, Forest, Environment & Climate Change, I &PR, Art & Culture, Home (Police), Home (GAB) and Geology and Mining have provided all the required information and agreed to revoke all backdoor appointments.However, he expressed disappointment with PHED and Law & Justice departments which failed to comply with the same. In this regard, the NSF officials met the Chief Secretary at his office chamber who verbally assured to review the same at the earliest.
Earlier on December 7, the NSF had submitted a representation to the Government of Nagaland demanding revocation of all backdoor appointments within 10 days and requisition of the posts for an open competition through NPSC, departmental exams etc.
In its representation, the NSF had also listed out all irregular appointments in various departments.
The NSF had also filed RTI applications in all the departments through the office of the Chief Secretary on October 21. Only 39 departments responded to the RTI applications till date.
Subenthung said the agitation has been temporarily suspended but warned to continue it till all the departments respond to the RTI applications.
He thanked the volunteers and leaders from all its federating units for their support and presence in strengthening the federation in its fight for justice and equal opportunities. He further solicited their support and cooperation in the days to come.
Today’s sit-in protest could have been easily prevented had the government made known its decision to the federation soon after its meeting.
As per the letter submitted to the NSF today, a meeting was held on December 14 with all the departments on receipt of the representation submitted on December 7 where they agreed to revoke all backdoor appointments.

By Our Correspondent Updated: Dec 22, 2016 12:21:18 am