NPMSA to launch phase wise strike from today

NPMSA to launch phase wise strike from today

Kohima, July 15: The Nagaland Planning Machinery Service Association (NPMSA) has decided to go on agitation in a phased manner till the State Government fulfills its demand to remove or expunge the post of OSD (Skill Development) from the cadre post of the Nagaland Planning Machinery Service Rule, 2019.
Announcing this during a press conference at Made in Nagaland Centre here Monday afternoon, NPMSA president Imlikokba Longkumer and NPMSA action committee convenor, Augustine M Yanthan said they would start the agitation from Tuesday till July 18 in the form of pen-down strike.
The decision to launch the agitation was taken following the expiry of the July 12 dateline set by the association for the government to fulfill their demand through the representation submitted on July 9 last, the NPMSA officials said.
NPMSA recalled that in 2011, the State Planning and Coordination Department appointed I. Sino Phom to the post of OSD (Skill) on deputation for a period of 2 years, and subsequently the post of OSD (Skill) was converted from ex-cadre post to a regular cadre post and Sino Phom was absorbed permanently against the said post with effect from December 19, 2012.
Longkumer said apprehending that Sino Phom will claim promotion in regular cadre “by illegally blocking” the promotional avenues of the cadre employees, numbering 56 of them, in the State Planning Machinery of the Planning and Coordination Department, the Planning Assistants, Assistant Planning Officers, Planning Officers and some Assistant Development Commissioners (ADC) of the department approached the High Court by filing writ petition , which was dismissed by Judgement and Order dated June 30, 2014 holding that “the petitioners are not aggrieved persons since absorption of I. Sino Phom shall not affect the promotional avenue of the writ petitioners as the post of OSD (Skill Development) and ADC are not of the same cadre, not-identical, not inter-transferable and functions, duties and responsibilities are different”.
The NPMSA said the Department later issued a notification making the post of OSD (Skill) as ex-cadre post on permanent basis, but Phom challenged the notification, which was disposed off by the High Court taking note of the judicial findings rendered in the previous proceeding that two posts are not of the same cadre and that the promotional avenues of the private respondents shall in no way be affected by the absorption of I. Sino Phom.
Nonetheless, the NPMSA informed that the State Cabinet constituted a committee to examine and to make recommendations pertaining to the draft service rule of the Nagaland State Planning Machinery, which stated that the post of OSD (Skill Development) shall be treated as a regular post in the rank and pay of ADC and included in the proposed draft service rules of the State Planning Machinery in Planning and Coordination Department.
The committee also recommended Sino Phom shall be eligible for promotion to the next level of Deputy Development Commissioner.
The report and recommendation submitted by the committee was approved by the Cabinet on September 11, 2017, the NPMSA said.
Aggrieved by the Cabinet decision, the employees again approached the High Court praying to quash and set aside the Cabinet decision, and the Court vide Judgement and Order dated May 20, 2019 disposed of the said writ petition by declaring the second decision of the Cabinet as illegal and that the authorities will be at liberty to frame and modify the service rules without any reference to the second decision.
Longkumer also informed that the Cabinet in its meeting held on June 29 last approved the draft Nagaland Planning Machinery Service Rule, 2019 by incorporating the post of OSD (Skill Development) as a cadre post equivalent to ADC/Economist in schedule I & II of the Nagaland Planning Machinery Service Rule, 2019.
In this, he said, inclusion of the post of OSD (Skill) in the cadre post is irrational, arbitrary and cannot be accepted as it is in violation of the judgment and order passed by the High Court.
The entry level in the cadre post of the department is the post of Planning Assistant, he said adding that inclusion of OSD (Skill Development) in the cadre strength of the department will automatically block the promotional avenues of the officers who are more qualified, competent and senior in service than the present incumbent I. Sino Phom, who is holding the post of OSD (Skill Development) for only nine years.
Stating that the State as a guardian is expected to take care of the welfare of all the employees and cannot be perceived to be adopting a pick and choose method for the benefit of a single individual, the NPMSA said the present Cabinet decision approving the service rule of the department including the post of OSD (Skill) as a cadre post equivalent to ADC that too in violation of the judicial pronouncement demonstrate favouritism and nepotism adopted by the Cabinet so as to suit I Sino Phom by depriving capable and senior-most officers in the department.
Longkumer and Yanthan argued that Sino Phom was appointed on temporary basis for implementation of Skill Development programme of the Central government. Nonetheless, subsequently the scheme was implemented by Labour Employment, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Department as the nodal department in 2016 but the post of OSD (Skill Development) was left behind with Planning Department.
Therefore, the NMPSA officials announced that they would launch the first phase of agitation till July 18 and they would continue with stringent form of agitation in the next phases if the government does not respond positively to their demand.(Page News Service)