The idea of Staff Selection Board (SSB) began in 2016 after Public Service Aspirants of Nagaland (PSAN) was formed.
Having felt the need to streamline the recruitment process and to do away with the practice of backdoor appointment, the PSAN first approached the Governor of Nagaland, Shri. P.B. Acharya, with a representation on 16th December, 2016.
In the representation, the PSAN requested the Governor to initiate setting up of SSB in line with the central government’s SSC (Staff Selection Commission) for free, fair and transparent recruitment to those posts that do not come under the purview of NPSC.
Subsequently, PSAN submitted similar representations to the then CM Dr. Surhozelie on 27th June, 2017 and also to the then CM T.R. Zeliang on 17th November, 2017.
Thereafter, numerous meetings were held with the government officials, especially with the then Chief Secretary Shri. Pankaj Kumar, on the said subject.
When the PDA government came to power, PSAN met the present CM, Shri Neiphiu Rio, on 25th June, 2018 and submitted another representation for setting up SSB in the state.
In response, Shri. Neiphiu Rio directed the department of Personnel & Administrative Reforms (P&AR) on 19th July, 2018 to “examine the demand seriously” and to intimate back to his office.
#NagalandDemandsStaffSelectionBoard has been trending on twitter for quite some time
If Staff Selection Board is implemented, meritocracy will be given its due. As merit is given priority, we will have quality government servants who since know hardwork will be sincere and honest in their duties.#NagalandDemandsStaffSelectionBoard
— Kevithokera (@kevithokera) June 8, 2019
#NagalandDemandsStaffSelectionBoard has been trending on twitter for quite some time but I don't see any sorts of response from those in power. Our youths have suffered enough but are those in power ready to listen? @chophika_sumi
— GK Zhimomi (@gkzhimomi) June 9, 2019
The idea that began in Nagaland has been taken up by neighbouring state-Arunachal Pradesh- that has already gone ahead with the process of setting up SSB.
In a state that is marred by unfair and illegal backdoor appointments, SSB is the need of the hour. With more than a hundred thousand educated and unemployed youth in the state, it is only pertinent that the government takes advantage of the enormous pool of talent and select the best among the best for better efficiency and smooth functioning of the system, so as to provide good governance to its citizens.
Setting up SSB will help secure a better future for the upcoming generations. It will promote meritocracy and instill a sense of competition among the youth, which will in turn benefit the Naga society as a whole.
Despite the challenges, the PSAN has been patiently anticipating an invitation from the government on this matter.