DIMAPUR, NOVEMBER 2: The Nagaland Public Rights Awareness and Action Forum (NPRAAF) has appealed to the Government of Nagaland to appoint the right person as Chief Secretary of Nagaland without discrimination and bias.
The NPRAAF made the appeal after learning that the incumbent Chief Secretary Tali Temjen Toy (IAS) (NL-89) is “undergoing medical treatment and require replacement”.
In a press release, NPRAAF pointed out that after former Chief Secretary Pankaj Kr (IAS) (NL-87 batch) left for Delhi on Central deputation, R Binchilo Thong (IAS) (NL-87 batch) of the same batch was supposed to be the next deserving CS and was rightly appointed as CS.
However, it said in place of him, Tali Temjen Toy (IAS) (NL-89 batch) was brought in and occupied the chair of CS while Thong was “removed and posted” as Director General, ATI, without good reason.
“It is a myth, as to why R Binchilo Thong (IAS) was removed from the post of CS, It is opined that when Pankaj Kumar left for Delhi on deputation, Thong was on medical leave, undergoing medical treatment for his heart surgery and was frequenting to Delhi, which could be one of the reasons for his removal, however the reason is unclear.
“Reliable source informed that Thong’s health is now fully recovered and fit. Another important factor to be considered is that he being the senior-most Nagaland IAS cadre (NL-87) batch and bona fide citizen of Nagaland having good credential, majority of the Nagas would prefer him to hold the CS post without discrimination and bias”, it said.
NPRAAF maintained that when Nagas are passing through a crucial political settlement, it is important to have a Naga Chief Secretary at the helm of State bureaucracy in the larger interest of Nagas.
NPRAAF informed Binchilo Thong’s (IAS) juniors Rajiv Bansal (IAS) (NL-1988 batch) is on Central deputation; Temjen Toy (IAS) (NL-89 batch) and the present CS on medical treatment; Joyti Kailash (IAS) (NL-1990 batch) is presently posted as ACS & Resident Commissioner, Nagaland House Delhi, Sentiyanger Imchen (IAS) and Jan E Alam (IAS) – current CS.
“Government may examine the matter properly and take just decision in all fairness, without floating conventional norm of seniority, while appointing CS this time. The appointment of CS unfairly will set a wrong precedence for the future Government, further it will demoralize the state bureaucracy as well as the sincere Government servants”, it said.
The NPRAAF requested the State Government to consider the appeal seriously and act justifiably, putting the matter to rest instead of dragging further.
(Page News Service)