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RPP castigates Govt. for systemic “tinkering appointments & tenure norms of NLA”

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Demands nullification of Dr. PJ Anthony’s service extension

DIMAPUR, JUNE 3: Alleging that the UDA Government’s decision to extend the service of Dr. PJ Anthony (Rtd) as Principal Secretary under the Nagaland Legislative Assembly Secretariat “is a desperate attempt to further subvert the power and authority of an established system”, the Rising People’s Party (RPP) has demanded that the appointment of Principal Secretary of NLA Secretariat be nullified and the post terminated by bringing in capable and eligible officers to head the Secretariat.
“There is no reason why the post should not be filled up from amongst the eligible persons who are serving officers in the secretariat”, the party said in a press release.
The RPP questioned the UDA Government and NLA Speaker on the series of service extensions granted to the present Principal Secretary even after his retirement from Government service ~ first as Commissioner and Secretary for 2 years from June 1, 2020 to May 31, 2022 on contract basis and then to the present post of Principal Secretary (contractual) from June 1, 2022.
RPP said Dr. PJ Anthony joined the Nagaland Legislative Assembly Secretariat as Secretary (Deputationist) from January 2, 2020 till his retirement from regular service on May 31, 2020. “Does this means that the Government of the day does not trust the capabilities of its own officers or was it abuse of public office for private gain? Has the extension not deprived the other employees of their rights? The malicious intention with which Cadre Post of Secretary of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly was upgraded as Commissioner & Secretary on contract basis and then to Principal Secretary is clear and condemnable”, it said.
The party also questioned “the desperate move” of the Government by issuing Notifications dated May 18, 2022 for amendments in the Nagaland Legislative Assembly Secretariat (Recruitment and Conditions of Service) Rules, 1999 to fit the present incumbent. “The allegations of bypassing the Cadre Review Committee/Service Rules Amendment Committee is serious in nature and needs to be answered by the Government”, it said.
The RPP also recalled that the UDA Government has recently been in news for restructuring of cadre post of Additional Secretary of the same Secretariat, which was striken down and set aside by the Kohima Bench of Gauhati High Court. “This system of regularly tinkering with the appointment and tenure norms of the Secretariat with malafide intentions is harmful for the good governance system”, it stated.
“By extending the service through an amendment, it has set a bad precedence where the employees might do anything to please the bosses for extensions. This comes at a time when the credibility of many State establishments is at all-time low”, it alleged. The RPP urged Speaker Sharingain Longkumer to uphold trust, propriety and ethics in public life instead of turning a deaf ear to the sentiments of the people. “What is otherwise clear is that Government functions only with vested interest and there is no common welfare for the well-being of all its citizens”, it rued.
(Page News Service)