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Dr Antony resigns as Principal Secretary; Assembly staff calls off agitation

Nagaland News

KOHIMA, JUNE 23: The Nagaland Assembly Secretariat Staff Association (NASSA) and Joint Action Committee (JAC) today called off its agitation following the resignation the Dr PJ Antony from the post of Principal Secretary of the Assembly Secretariat.
“This decision to call off the ongoing agitation was taken consequent upon the resignation tendered by Dr. PJ Antony (Rtd. Officer) from the post of Principal Secretary, Nagaland Legislative Assembly Secretariat (NLAS) on June 22, 2022”, NASSA and JAC informed.
Since June 3, NASSA and JAC had been protesting the extension of service of Dr Antony, who was brought to Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) as Secretary in January 2020 on deputation for five months from Lok Sabha secretariat.
He retired from service on May 31, 2020 and was given a contractual appointment as Commissioner and Secretary NLA for another two years, which ended on May 31, 2022.
Dr Antony’s service was further extended, upgrading his post to that of Principal Secretary of the Assembly for another one year on May 25, 2022.
The NASSA and JAC had resorted to pen-down strike, wearing of black badges, poster campaign and restricting the entry of Dr Antony into the Assembly Secretariat demanding revocation of his appointment order.
However, consequent upon Dr Antony tendering his resignation to the NLA Speaker on June 22 from the post of Principal Secretary, NASSA and JAC called off their agitation with immediate effect, stated a release issued by NASSA general secretary Talirenla and JAC secretary Sezoto Theyo.
Meanwhile, expressing that the agitation have come thus far with the support of all the like-minded intellectuals, NASSA/JAC extended heartfelt gratitude towards the Naga Students Federation,
Eastern Naga Students’ Federation, Confederation of All Nagaland State Services Employees’ Association, Nagaland Law Students’ Federation, Ex-Parliamentarians, Nagaland Secretariat Service Association, Police, District Administration and all right-thinking citizens of Nagaland for rendering their unflinching support all throughout the phases of its protest.
The NASSA/JAC also thanked the Parliamentary Committee for their tireless efforts and wisdom in bringing an amicable solution to the issue.
They also extended appreciation to the Chief Minister for prioritizing and ensuring a fast track solution to the issue.
The NASSA/JAC also lauded all senior officers and staff of the Assembly Secretariat and all the well-wishers for their prayers and moral support.
(Page News Service)