The Naga Students' Federation (NSF) on February 4, defending its decision to include the signatures of Federating Units' members outside the state in an ultimatum to the Government to form a Staff Selection Board (SSB) in the State, has said that the student body was formed in 1947 to "defend rights and aspirations of Nagas irrespective of physical boundaries."
The student body also clarified that the signatures of the members outside the state does not imply that they will avail any benefits from the addition of the SSB in Nagaland.
Stating that "rampant backdoor appointments" are "sabotaging meritocracy" in the state, the body informed the people that the SSB will, in all probability, ensure that the meritorious youths are the first ones to get jobs.
The apex student body also stated that the purpose of setting up of the SSB is to ensure that every single able Naga youth gets the necessary help to get employment in the state, and further stated that it will not affect the people with quotas such as persons with disabilities, et al.
The NSF has also urged the people not to be misled by the confusion and accused some forces of fomenting division in Naga society.
Further, the NSF reiterated its ultimatum notice to the Nagaland Government and appealed them to look into the matter at the earliest.
The "clarification" was deemed necessary after the Central Nagaland Students’ Association (CNSA) condemned NSF for serving the ultimatum to the state government on February 22, accusing it of using “other people and organisations who have no connection” with the state and also accused the body of undermining Naga sovereignty. The BJP also fired salvos at the NSF in the wake of its ultimatum.
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