Minister for roads and bridges, G. Kaito Aye inaugurating the new NPWD office complex Kohima on Wednesday. (DIPR)
"If the state government is to enforce the rule of law and strictly follow the Government Service Rule, almost every government employee will face suspension," minister for Roads & Bridges G. Kaito Aye said Wednesday while expressing concern over lack of attendance in government offices.
Aye was addressing the inaugural function of newly constructed office building of the Nagaland Public Works Department as chief guest here today. The minister called upon officials and staff of the four directorates of NPWD to maintain discipline, cautioning that violators of the service rules would face suspension from service.
"Time has come for the Nagas to get up from their slumber," he said adding that government employees who arrive to their respective offices and go according to their whim should discontinue their service.
While asserting that government servants of the present day should execute better performances at work as they had better facilities comparing to that of the past, Aye told the gathering that they must remember that they worked for a mission, from the lowest of ranks to the Engineer-in-Chief.
On the newly inaugurated office building, the minister stated that as per amalgamation policy of four directorates of state PWD consisting of Roads & Bridges, Housing, Mechanical and National Highway, the state government has decided to house all the four directorates in one building for which the new building had been constructed.
Meanwhile, parliamentary secretary for Housing, Labour & Employment Er. T. Saku Aier who was the guest of honor at the programme, termed the occasion as a new chapter in the history of NPWD, stating the department has been in need of such building to work conveniently for so many years.
Aier, who once worked in the same department, recalled that the department functioned under thatched-roofs during 1960s. Parliamentary secretary for mechanical, transport & communication P. Dako Phom asserted that PWD was the backbone of all developmental activities in the state, and further expressed hope that people would see changes within a short span of time.
Earlier, Er. L. Y. Sumi, chief engineer PWD (Housing) while presenting technical report of the newly constructed NPWD Office complex said the four storey building initially constructed at an estimated cost of Rs. 13.92 crores and subsequently revised to Rs. 38.66 crores has a plinth area of 1,00,000 square feet.
Explaining the reason for cost escalation, he said it was due to increase in plinth area from 80,000 sq.ft. to 1,00,000 sq.ft.; CC flooring to marble and tile flooring; additional provision of gypsum board ceiling; CGI sheet roofing to Dyna roofing; steel glazed window to aluminium glazed window; water harvesting tank of 2,00,000 liters capacity; and additional provision with lift facility.
The function was chaired by NPWD engineer-in-chief Dr. Er. Vikuotuolie Angami, and invocation prayer pronounced by state chaplain Rev. K. Luruo while vote of thanks was proposed by chief engineer PWD (NH)Er. Peter Solo.
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