KOHIMA: Candidates who emerged triumphant in the first-ever Nagaland Service Selection Board (NSSB) examination for various posts in 45 state government departments were presented appointment letters by Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on Wednesday.
“I implore each of you to approach your responsibilities with dedication and fearlessness, serving the people of Nagaland wholeheartedly,” urged Rio, as he handed over the appointment letters to 587 candidates at the Capital Cultural Hall in the state capital.
The NSSB, established in 2022, conducted its inaugural examination to select Grade-IV staff in November. With the results unveiled in July, the candidates were selected out of an impressive pool of 50,583 aspirants. Among these emerging talents, nearly half fall within the age group of 21-25 years.
Chief Minister Rio hailed the occasion as a realisation of the government’s enduring vision – one that advocates for appointments grounded in merit, eschewing nepotism or political influence.
Highlighting the government’s commitment to transparency and integrity, the Chief Minister also acknowledged the potential of these newly appointed individuals to steer e-governance benefits toward the grassroots level.
The ceremony, dignified by the attendance of Assembly Speaker Sharingain Longkumer, an assembly of cabinet ministers, advisors, and representatives from the Naga Students’ Federation (NSF), resonated with the promise of a new era in state-based meritocratic appointments.
Temjen Imna Along, Minister for Tourism and Higher Education, shared Rio’s sentiments, deeming the day monumental for Nagaland. He extended heartfelt congratulations to the NSSB team for their unwavering commitment to the successful realization of this landmark examination.