Kohima, 14 April (MTNews): With government failing to reduce the marks for viva-voce component in the Nagaland Staff Selection Board (NSSB) from the proposed 12.5% to 5% of the total marks as demanded, the Naga Students’ Federation, as adopted in its 4th Presidential Council Meeting has resolved to boycott the Personal Interview of the Combined Staff Recruitment Exam 2022 scheduled for 17 and 18 April 2023.
The federation also stated that they will resort to other forms of democratic agitation until the genuine demand of the students’ and youth community is addressed by the authorities concerned.
It may be recalled that the federation, since the inception of the NSSB, has urged the State government to either eliminate the interview system or reduce the weightage in marks given to the viva-voce component in the Nagaland Staff Selection Board (NSSB) examination.
However, on the evening of 29 March, the NSSB announced the skill test results and notified qualified candidates that the viva voce would begin on 16 April, while the notification made no reference to the NSF’s proposal.
Moreover, it was made known that the board justified that the 12.5% marks allocated for viva-voce component cannot be rolled-back due to the provisions of section 45 (10) contained in the Nagaland Staff Selection Board Regulations, 2022.
However, the federation pointed out that the justification given by the board is ‘misleading’ and stated that “the plain reading of section 45 (10) deals only with the maximum limit of marks that can be allotted for Personal Interview” and maintained that the federation continues to stand by it till today.
“Despite this legitimate demand by the federation in the interest of the students and youth community which is yet unresolved, the NSSB vide reference No. NSSB/EXAM-4/14/2022/355 Dated Kohima, the 12th April 2023 announced the schedule for the Personal Interview of the candidates qualified for Combined Staff Recruitment Examination 2022,” the federation noted.
Therefore, the federation, in light of this ‘unfavorable development’ said they are compelled to take forth the resolution adopted at the 4th Presidential council meeting of the Federation wherein it was resolved that:
“The Federation shall resort to democratic forms of agitation and also boycott the Personal Interview of Combined Staff Recruitment Examination 2023 to be conducted by the Nagaland Staff Selection Board (NSSB) if the demand for the viva-voce component in all categories is reduced to 5% of the total marks as against the proposed 12.5 % The units shall extend full support to the Federation as and when called for the same.”
In light of this, the federation has requested all aspirants who’ve qualified for Viva-Voce to abstain from reporting for the same. The federation also appealed to the general public, federating units and subordinate bodies of NSF to extend their fullest co- operation in the event of the Federation resorting to any form of democratic agitation.
“The Federation would like to put on record that the sincerity and integrity of the board members is in no way being questioned through this demand and that the demand is solely to uphold the interest of the aspirants seeking for a free & fair recruitment process,” the federation added.