NVCO questions Govt over appointment of party workers

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Dimapur, May 3: The Nagaland Voluntary Consumers’ Organization (NVCO) has questioned the ruling People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) for appointing 13 party functionaries in the rank of Cabinet Minister or Minister of State, Advisors to departments, Advisor to CM, chairman of committees, etc.
The NVCO also questioned the proposal of 13 ex-cadre posts to be associated with Chief Minister’s Office “wherein mere political party worker and ordinary citizens who now does not hold any status in the government has been accorded the position in the ranks of Commissioner & Secretary/Secretary/Jt. Secretary/Class 1 Gazetted and an outsider Priyang Pandey as OSD, Nagaland House, New Delhi.”
Is this constitutional or legal, asked NVCO president Kezhokhoto Savi in a press release.
The NVCO reminded that during the NPF-led Government it had urged the Governor to remove the 26 parliamentary secretaries and nine advisors as the Supreme Court had already declared the post of parliamentary secretaries as unconstitutional in its July 26, 2017 judgement where the Assam Parliamentary Secretaries (Appointment, Salaries, Allowances and Miscellaneous provisions) Act, 2004 was adjudged ‘unconstitutional’.
The NVCO observed that initially the PDA Government seemed to be doing better such as doing away with VIP culture or saying ‘no’ to the post of parliamentary secretaries in honouring the law of the land “but subsequently headed to a very different direction by appointing party workers in different position in the Government. It reminded that Article 164(1A) was inserted on misuse and drainage of public money to put a ban on over-sized cabinet.
(Page News Service)