The Indian Engineers’ Federation (INDEF) has submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio urging him to fulfill its charter of demands with regard to pay, status, service rules etc of the engineering fraternity of the state.
The memorandum signed by the chairmen and secretaries of INDEF (North Eastern Region) and Federation of Nagaland State Engineering Services Association (FONSESA) demanded that the government appoint engineers as secretaries in PWD, PHED, Power and I&FC departments.
While pointing out that the INDEF has been pursuing with about 12 states to get secretary posts for engineers as a part of its ‘Charter of Demands’, the memorandum regretted that the Nagaland government had not considered the demand of the Nagaland Engineering Services Association for the last twenty years.
The INDEF also urged the government to approve the suggestions of the Review Committee headed by the engineer-in-chief, NPWD in respect of Service Rules. The Review Committee had earlier submitted a report to the state government after the government amended the Service Rules in 2006 without the consent of the engineers’ association.
The federation has also urged the government to implement the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission in totality.
Pointing out that the Nagaland government had gone against its earlier policy by bifurcating the engineering wing in Urban Development department, the INDEF said such an action would affect the promotional opportunities of engineers. It further urged the government to withdraw the delegation of powers given to chief town planner as chief engineer.
Justifying its stand, the federation stated that the chief town planner holds the architectural degree while the chief engineer holds the civil engineering degree. “Their nature of duties and responsibilities are entirely different,” it added.
The INDEF also cautioned that if the bifurcation order and delegation of power were not withdrawn by the government, the federation would be compelled to go for agitation.
The federation further stated that the prevailing system of functioning in government and semi-government departments were biased against the professionals as compared to members of regulatory service.
The INDEF’s three-point charter of demands include heading and manning of technical departments and government undertakings by engineers and technical officers, removal of disparities in career values between the engineering services and administrative services and constitution of an engineering commission.