Govt clarifies on ‘voluntary contribution’ to CSSWF

Govt clarifies on ‘voluntary  contribution’ to CSSWF
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Dimapur, March 13: After landing in an unwanted controversy over “voluntary contributions” by State Government employees to the Chief Secretary’s Welfare Fund, which appeared more like a diktat with consequences for those not willing to contribute, the Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority (NSDMA) under the Home Department has clarified that the Chief Secretary Special Welfare Fund was set up by Government officers through a resolution and contributions to the same are voluntary.
The clarification in the form of a press release was issued by Home Commissioner, Abhishek Singh, who is also the member secretary of the Chief Secretary’s Special Welfare Fund (CSSWF). The clarification comes in the wake of “certain rumours” floated on social media with regard to the circular issued by Office of Commissioner, Nagaland calling for voluntary contributions to Chief Secretary Welfare Fund.
The Home Commissioner said the Chief Secretary’s Special Welfare Fund (CSSWF) was created in pursuance of the decision taken during the AHODs/HODs meeting on the February 19, 2016. An affice memorandum in this regard was also issued in August 2016.
According to the release, the CSSWF is overseen and administered by an executive committee consisting of Chief Secretary as chairman, Home Commissioner as member secretary and Development Commissioner and Finance Commissioner as members.
The release said the CSSWF is utilized for extending relief and for providing assistance to individuals and organizations/bodies within and outside the State for such causes as deemed fit by the executive committee.
The day to day functioning and operation of the CSSWF is monitored by a steering committee consisting of Home Commissioner as chairman, Secretary NSDMA &RR as member secretary and members – Addl. Secretary SAB (Home), Joint Secretary Finance and OSD-NSDMA (Home).
The welfare fund was set up through “voluntary contributions” by requesting all gazetted officers in the State Government to contribute one day’s salary every year to the fund starting from April 1, 2017. The contribution is purely on voluntary basis and any officer who is not willing to make a contribution can write to Home Commissioner through AHoD without giving any reason, the release said.
The HC informed that the CSSWF is audited at the end of every financial year by an internal audit committee which is set up by the executive committee. An annual report on the operation of the CSSWF is presented during the AHoDs & HoDs meetings for ratification as well as decision taken by executive committee from time to time, it claimed.
Stating that the fund was set up by Government officers, the release informed that one of the purposes for which the welfare fund has been utilised is for procurement of CD4 machines for AIDS care.
“This clarification is being issued in view of carious comments on Social Media on the matter,” it added. (Page News Service)