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Crisis hits NSF; speaker suspends Executive
Correpsondent Kohima, Mar 3(NPN):
Published on 4 Mar. 2009 1:58 AM IST
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Even as the NSF is spearheading the agitation demanding that the state government reduce the superannuation of state service employees from the current 60 years of age (increased from 58 in 2007) to length of service of 33 years ; the student body appears to have been wracked by internal crisis within when the Speaker Cusayi Lohe issued a press statement dissolving the NSF executive on Tuesday. According to Cusayi, the suspension was done in accordance under Article 20 clause(1) of the NSF constitution by which he assumed powers and functions of the executive. The suspension order singed by both the Speaker and Deputy Speaker cited alleged abuse and misuse of powers and functions delegated to the Executive Council (under Article 21 (a) that undermined and infringed upon the powers and function of the Federal Assembly (Article 19). The allegation also cited failure of the executive in upholding the constitution of the Federation (Article 20 (d)(i); failure to discharge responsibilities (Article 20, (d) (iii)) and violation of constitution in wards, in action or otherwise (Article 5, Clause 5). Through another ‘order’ Cusayi also appointed the following : V Phushika Awomi, Theja Therie as Tribunals and G. Vashum (with the additional charge of Executive Advisor) ; NSF Deputy Speaker, Chumbemo T. Ngullie- Executive Member secretary; President AKM, Bendang and President SKK, Himahito - Public Grievance cell; President ASU, Kelhouneizo and President RSU, Sinhilo - Social, Cultural and Publicity; former NSF President, Kezhazer Angami - Spokesperson. Other executive members included- Mutsivoyi, President CSU, Lokho, President MSU, Yipen Humtsoe, President L (K) SU, Adani Croro, President ANSAM, Alung Trkha, President PSU, Mirhu, President AZSU, Jordar, President TKS and Coordinators included all the President of All Federating Units and Subordinate Bodies. Meanwhile, speaking to Nagaland Post NSF president Imchatoba said the order of the speaker was unwarranted since the internal matter was scheduled to have been discussed on March 4. He said the crisis was precipitated by unsubstantiated allegations which should have been probed before sullying the image of the Federation through public statements. Govt Bill opposed In a separate statement, Cusayi and deputy speaker Chumbemo T. Ngullie expressed surprise at the news item published in local dailies that the state government was likely to table a bill in the March session for fixing the length of service of employees to 60 years of age or 35 years of service without taking the Federation into confidence. The signatories said the bill was a breach of a “Gentlemen’s agreement” signed between the NSF and state government in 1991. The Signatories reasserted that the Federation would not compromise with its demand that state service employees superannuate on completion of 33 years of service. They further warned that the Federation would be compelled to resort to its own course of action if the government failed to fulfill its demand. Further, the signatories also declared that whatever Representation or meeting between government and erstwhile Executive members became null and void.

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