Backdoor appointments continue; Tongpang’s resignation demanded

Backdoor appointments continue;  Tongpang’s resignation demanded

Kohima, September 20: The Ruling and Opposition today exchanged fire over backdoor appointments which still continue defying the orders of the State Government.
Even after repeated reminders and orders from the State Government there has been unabated backdoor appointments by the people who are in power. Both the Treasury and Opposition Bench blamed each other for the backdoor appointments violating the Government’s order on blanker ban.
Deputy Chief Minister, Y. Patton who also holds the Home Department said the total number of LDA constables appointed was 33 and constables 179 without vacancy adding that all excess appointments in the rank of constables was made during the period of Rupin Sharma, the then DGP.
He told the House that after receipt of the report from the DGP, appropriate action may be initiated against the erring Unit Commander.
He was replying to a question raised by NPF MLA Kuzholuzo Nienu on total appointment of LDAs constable, Havildars, ABSIs and SI with effect from March 1, 2018 till date.
Patton said 37% job reservation of backward quota was applied for appointment of LDAs.
When Nienu rebutted the Deputy Chief Minister for dragging the name of the former DGP, he fired back saying that the former had done 31 backdoor appointments in DEF Phek when he was the Home Minister in the last tenure.
But the NPF MLA asked the Home Minister to furnish only the names of those appointed from March 1 till date. “This is done by you. I am ready to terminate them,” Patton told the House.
Patton has been blamed for backdoor appointment of around one thousand in the police department when he was the Home Minister.
To another question raised by Nienu, Minister for Works and Housing, Tongpang Ozukum said 19 LDAs have been appointed from March 1 till date and 42 SA with 6 under backward tribe. Not satisfied with the Minister’s reply and non-implementation of 37% reservation, NPF Lawmakers protested why reservation policy was not implemented. But the Minister said most of the appointments were made on temporary basis and could be terminate anytime and assured to look into the matter and implement the reservation policy within a year’s time.
Leader of the Opposition, T R Zeliang slammed the Minister for alleged misleading of the House by the Minister and demanded his resignation.
He said there is a laid down policy to implement the backward reservation by the Government and not by the Department of Work and Housing.
Former PWD Minister, Y. Vikheo Swu also said there is a random backdoor appointment, floating Government orders. He said out of 42 SA appointed 12 are women, which may not serve the purpose of the Government.
Unable to bear the attack from the Opposition Members. Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio said NPF Members have shown their desperation sitting in the opposition bench for six months.
He said PDA Government is much concerned with the welfare of the backward tribes and assured the House that Government will look into the matter and take necessary correction so that reservation policy in implemented in all fairness.
Not satisfied with the reply from the Leader of the House, Nienu demanded list of government employees on tribe wise, be tabled in the House, in the next session of Assembly. (Page News Service)