Allows escorts & pilots for LoH; Colour coded car stickers
Kohima, Mar 29: Extra burden on State exchequer as the Chief Minister’s Office has been flooded with political appointees.
The newly installed Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP)-led People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) government has approved creation of 13 tenure or ex-cadre posts from the level of Class-I Gazetted up to the rank of Commissioner and Secretary.
The decision to this effect was taken during the March 27 Cabinet meeting, confirmed official sources.
“The cabinet approved creation of the following 12 tenure/ex-cadre posts: PRO to CM in the rank of Commissioner & Secretary – Rusemtong Longkumer, OSD to CM in the rank of Secretary – T Semy, Special Assistant to CM in the rank of Secretary – Kouviseo, Press Secretary to CM in the rank of Secretary – Pausui Zeliang, Media Officer in the rank of Secretary – Ayeno, OSD (Backward) for Mon district in the rank of Joint secretary – Mankhao Konyak, OSD (Backward) for Tuensang in the rank of Joint Secretary – Not Appointed, Assistant Press Secretary to CM in the rank of Class -I Gazetted – Rokovilie, Media Assistant in the rank of Class -I Gazetted – Sinilo Rio, Media Assistant in the rank of Class -I Gazetted – Visakhotuo Kiewhuo and Assistant Press Secretary to CM in the rank of Class -I Gazetted – yet to be appointed.
Two posts of Press Secretary to Deputy CM in the rank of Class -I Gazetted and PRO to Deputy CM also in the rank of Class -I Gazetted have also been created.
The Cabinet has directed the Home Department to fix the pay in consultation with the Personnel & Administrative Reforms Department and Finance Department.
The decision of the State Cabinet though was not provided to the media houses for publication but it has been circulating in different social media along with the names of officers in the new CMO.
The Cabinet in its meeting on the same day reviewed its first cabinet meeting decision taken on March 8 and decided that the Leader of Opposition of Nagaland Legislative Assembly will also use security escorts and pilots within Kohima and Dimapur.
On March 8 the Cabinet had decided that a notification banning the use of name/designation plates by any government employee and government official in vehicles will be issued. Even Ministers and elected Members will not use name or designation plates, it was decided.
A color coded Car Pass system will be designed for official use specially for Ministers and MLAs to avoid any inconveniences, the Cabinet had decided.
“Except for the Governor, Chief Minister, Deputy Chief Minister, Speaker and Deputy Speaker, no other functionary of the Government will use security escorts and pilots within Kohima and Dimapur,” was the major decision of the cabinet in this connection.
However, on the concluding day of the first session of the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly on March 26 last, NPF MLA Yitachu during the zero hour demanded that the Leader of Opposition should also be allowed to use security escort and pilots even in Kohima and Dimapur. Responding to the demand, Leader of the House, Neiphiu Rio had said that the matter would be decided in the cabinet meeting scheduled for the next day.
Further, the Cabinet has approved the proposal of the Home Department for usage of colour coded car stickers for the Ministers and Elected Members and other officials of the State Government.
In the meantime Government has also issued appointments of Chairmen of District Planning and Development Boards (DPDB)-Dimapur-Tovihoto Ayemi, Peren-namri Nchang, Kohima-Zale Neikha, Phel Neiba Kronu, Mokokchung-Imnatiba, Zunheboto-Khehovi, Wokha-Mmhonlumi Kikon, Mon-Pohwang Konyak, Longleng-S. Pangnyu Phom, Tuensang-Toshi Wungtung and Kiphire-v. Kashiho Sangtam. (Page News Service)