Dimapur, June 16: The Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) has appealed to the Government of Nagaland to keep in abeyance the State Cabinet decision to regularize 27 MOs while also calling upon the NHM employees to call of their cease work.
“Failure to arrive at an understanding between the State Govt., NEAN and the demand of NJDA; is disturbing. We all understand this is the time we need maximum service output from the medical fraternity to save the lives of our people from the novel coronavirus pandemic. This is the time we must work together with the spirit of sacrifice,” said NPCC president K Therie in a press release.
Therie said the fiasco created by the Cabinet decision in the Medical Department during this time of pandemic is uncalled for. “Regularization was not at all a priority,” he said.
But Therie had on June 13 in a letter to Nagaland Chief Secretary backed the Government’s decision to appoint more doctors.
However in the release issued today, Therie said, “We have noticed discrepancy caused to NHM from the beginning. Lower salary for the same work or more work, more posting in out posts and salaries not paid on time. The Government is expected to play a fair game with all its children. Government should also avoid working under pressure or to please individuals or small sections. The Cabinet decision violates the spirit of fundamental rights of equal opportunity as is provided in the Constitution. I do not think it would withstand the scrutiny of the Honourable Court although Courts sometimes surprise twisting all expectations of the common man and common sense.”
The NPCC president pointed out that the criteria or yardstick for regularization is normally 3 years of service length subject to performance. “Same salary for same qualifications and same work were the systems. Central or State Service, same work by same qualifications should be paid as equals. It is the duty of the State Government to resolve discrepancy in salaries with the Government of India.”
Stating that senior Government officials are fully aware of the Constitutional provisions if Ministers do not understand, he said the Government should be guided by these Constitutional provisions, Acts and Rules to make decisions. “Whimsical decisions should be avoided. It is the duty of the Secretary to point out the provisions of law. Same qualification for same service has the right to expect same salary and same future,” he said.
Therie suggested the Government to keep its decision in abeyance and talk with NEAN and NJDA upholding the values of Constitutional provisions and equal opportunity. He also appealed to NEAN to call of cease work to save lives. (Page News Service)