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Empty Offices: Govt orders ‘No Work, No Pay’ in Kohima

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Dimapur, January 7: Facing major embarrassment over publication in the local dailies of at least eight locked Government offices in the State capital on January 4&6, the Government of Nagaland has acted swiftly to enforce ‘No Work, No Pay’ on absentee employees in Kohima District.
The Nagaland Lokayukta had on Monday (Jan 6) released the photographs of the locked offices in Kohima to the local media, while also ordering that notices be issued to the Head of Offices of the 8 Government offices found not functioning when officials of Nagaland Lokayukta Police Establishment visited Government offices in Kohima on January 4&6.
The photos were taken by two constables of the Nagaland Lokayukta Police Establishment, who were detailed to visit State Government offices to find out whether they are opened, functioning and attended by staff.
The notice, which was also issued to the Chief Secretary of Nagaland, asked why appropriate action should not be taken under the Nagaland Lokayukta Act and other provisions of civil and criminal law.
The Lokayukta had observed that non-functioning of Government offices is covered under the category of mal-administration as provided in Section 2(1) (k) of the Nagaland Lokayukta Act.
A report by the Nagaland Lokayukta Police Establishment indicated that salaries of Government officers and employees could not be paid because of closure of Treasuries and other offices.
“Deprivation of salaries and legitimate dues of government employees and retaining money without any legal sanction may result in Civil & Criminal liability and the same can be deducted from the salary of the officer responsible for delay apart from prosecution under criminal law,” the report said.
Following a Government directive to the Deputy Commissioner of Kohima, the DC Kohima, Gregory Thejawelie NCS today notified all Head of Departments (HoDs) under Kohima District to check attendance of officers and staffs under their respective establishment and strictly enforce ‘No Work, No Pay’ on absentee employees.
The order directed that action taken report be submitted to the Office of the Deputy Commissioner Kohima at the end of each week, for onward submission to the Government.
The order was issued to all officers and staffs for strict compliance, informed an official release.
Corrigendum
The Nagaland Lokyaukta has clarified that the date with regards to detailing of two constables to visit State Government offices to find out whether they are opened, functioning and attended by the staff should be read as January 4&6 and not January 4&5.
“The date was erroneously written as 5th Jan 2020 when it should have been written as 6th Jan 2020,” said a corrigendum issued by Sungchung Yanthan, Protocol Officer, Nagaland Lokayukta. (Page News Service)

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