Only those with ‘impeccable integrity' must hold NSSB office: NPP Nagaland

Expresses concern over ‘snail paced’ roads development

Dimapur, November 10 (MExN): The National People's Party, Nagaland unit today called for selecting a person with impeccable integrity to the office of the proposed Nagaland Staff Selection Board (NSSB). 

“It should be an honest endeavor of the State Government to ensure that only people with no past history of corruption should be appointed as the chairperson and members of the NSSB,” asserted a press statement from the unit’s IPR & Media Cell.

The chairperson should be a person of upright character and efficient in handling such high office without any bias or nepotism, it said, while acknowledging the State Government’s initiative to constitute the board, after intense pressure from different sections, particularly the Naga Students’ Federation.    

If the constitution of the NSSB is done in an autocratic and biased manner, it would become just another tool in the hands of few corrupt individuals to further nepotism and favoritism, it added. 

The government in August announced a proposal to constitute the board and its functioning as per the NSSB Regulations 2020. 

President, NPP Nagaland, Dr Andrew Ahoto Sema also called upon all the right thinking citizens to be watchful and check any irregularity in the constitution and appointment of corrupt individuals in the NSSB, it said. 

It further urged all the stakeholders to come together and jointly fight against the forces of tribalism, nepotism and corruption.

Meanwhile, as a “people-centric party,” the NPP called upon the State Government to be more proactive towards an early solution of the vexed Indo-Naga political issue and stressed that it should not only be an election agenda.

The NPP Nagaland also expressed concern over the “snail paced development of roads” in the State and attributed the same to “corrupt practices of those involved including the State Government” and charged that the government of the day busy trying to appease the Central Government for the construction of an airport in the capital instead of putting “its funds together for the development of roads across the state.”

Negligible percentage of the State’s population enjoys the luxury of travelling by flight and majority of the people travel only on roads, not even on trains, it underscored. 

In this regard, it called upon the State Government to prioritise development of essential services instead of delving on unrealistic and unnecessary luxuries which would benefit few, further implying further that each districts must be provided equal opportunity for development.