Eastern Naga Students Federation on ‘only eastern tribes’ demand
DIMAPUR, OCTOBER 15
The Eastern Naga Students’ Federation (ENSF) has expressed dismay at the state government for not fulfilling “the agreement” in November 2013 to cancel the cabinet’s order for the conversion of NAP into DEF. The organization issued a press release on October 16.
“Accordingly the federation had demanded that fresh recruitment drive should be initiated for manning those stations. Though the cabinet decision for conversion of NAP into DEF had been cancelled, the recruitment for manning those stations was kept for the financial year 2014-15. It may be noted that on account of numerous backdoor appointment done by the department, excess of manpower had arise in the NAP battalions,” the ENSF stated. The federation had also demanded that erring officers or agencies should be thoroughly investigated. “The eastern districts are located at the strategic location sharing its international border in the east, Arunachal in the north and Assam in the west. Till date, there isn’t enough intervention in safeguarding those regions from the state as well as the central government where the bordering areas are being left at the mercy of the neighboring armed personnel,” the organization said.
The ENSF has demanded that vacancies under established and upgraded police outposts and stations should be “strictly protected for the 6 backward tribes of eastern Nagaland which the state government agreed.”
The organization also disclosed that the state government agreed to let 304 vacancies be “exclusively for the 6 eastern tribes of Nagaland. It was also agreed that those 304 posts would be appointed in the financial year 2014-15. However, the state government is still silent on the matter.”
On the contrary, the press release stated, there are numerous backdoor appointments in the Home department. “The federation is dismayed that even after a written agreement and assurance, the state government as well as the home department is yet to fulfill the agreement or rather failed to uphold the ENSF-state government agreement 2013.
If the state government is not sincere to its commitment, the ENSF said, it would ‘be compelled to revoke its temporarily suspended agitation for which the department of home and the state government shall be held fully responsible.’