DIMAPUR, JULY 30: The Kohima Bench of Gauhati High Court has directed Nagaland Government to consider the appointment of a person to any suitable post in PWD as per die-in-harness scheme (in relation to O.M. No.AR-8/8/78 dated 17/9/2015 issued by the Government of Nagaland, Personnel and Administrative Reforms Department), within 3 months of the receipt of the order.
The verdict delivered on July 29 by Justice Songkhupchung Serto was in connection with a writ petition filed by one Merithung B Jungio against the State of Nagaland, Commissioner and Secretary of PWD (Works and Housing), Commissioner and Secretary of Personnel and Administrative Reforms, and Engineer-in-Chief of PWD.
“The petitioner’s father who was initially appointed as LDA in PWD & Housing, Government of Nagaland on 28/9/1987 vide order No. PW(EI)-20/87 issued by the Chief Engineer, PWD & Housing was promoted as Department Head Assistant and posted in the office of the Chief Engineer Public Works & Housing, Government of Nagaland. And while he was still serving in that capacity and in that office, he passed away on 3/10/2018, leaving behind his wife who was a cancer patient and 5 children including the petitioner. Having been left behind by the only bread earner of the family, the petitioner submitted an application for appointment under die-in-harness scheme to the Chief Engineer PWD (R &B) through the Executive Engineer PWD (R & B) Phek Division on 10/10/2018.
“The same was forwarded by the Executive Engineer with his forwarding letter No.E/PD/GL-24/06 dated 10/10/2018. Hoping that his application would be considered and order of appointment to any suitable post as per the scheme provided in the O.M. No.AR-8/8/78 dated 17/9/2015 issued by the Government of Nagaland, Personnel and Administrative Reforms Department (Administrative Reforms Branch) and as per his educational qualification would be issued, he waited for 2 years but since no positive response has come forth, he is here before this Court praying for issuance of appropriate writ or order or direction directing the respondents to appoint him to any Group-C post lying vacant in the Department”, read the order.
The petitioner’s Counsel had submitted that Jungio, 27, was a graduate in Arts with sound computer knowledge, and none of the other members of the family were Government employees.
“As such, he is eligible for appointment to any Group-C post which is not within the purview of NPSC. Considering all the facts and circumstances submitted by the learned Counsel, it appears that the petitioner is eligible for appointment under the O.M. No.AR8/8/78 dated 17/9/2015 issued by the Government of Nagaland, Personnel and Administrative Reforms Department (Administrative Reforms Branch). Appointment of family members of deceased Government servants to Government service is to save the distress family suffering from penury and poverty.
“Therefore, such appointment should be given at the earliest otherwise the purpose for which such facilities are provided would be defeated. Keeping this in view and taking into consideration the facts and circumstances and the scheme as provided in the O.M, the respondents are directed to consider appointment of the petitioner strictly in terms of the O.M stated above within a period of 3 months from the date of receipt of a copy of this order”, it stated.
The petitioner was represented by Advocate Neiteo Koza, while Advocate Pulei Konyak appeared for the State respondents.
(Page News Service)