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Superannuation issue flayed
Published on 23 May. 2009 1:15 AM IST
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Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) which has been demanding for a fixed tenure of 33 years of service for the state government employees, has come under criticism from the Nagaland Directorate Ministerial Services Association (NDMSA) with the latter questioning as to why the Federation was trying to cut short the happiness and peace of several thousands of their own parents by forcing the government to apply “wrong criteria.” NDMSA chairman, Medoselhou, in a statement said the view was the outcome of its executive meeting held on April 24 in Kohima which discussed in threadbare the superannuation issue. It pointed out that the resources of the state during the past many years were drained outside to the technocrats/bureaucrats from other states employed by the Nagaland government as Nagas did not have enough man power to man different departmental offices. The NDMSA said in such a situation which it described as “economic drain,” the NSF has the reason to oppose the longer service life as the longer the employee was in service, the greater economic impact was created. It however said that Nagas today has enough man power to occupy all required posts in every government departmental offices and that whatever money the government was spending on salaries goes to the hands of the Nagas which was also considered to be their main economic source. The NDMSA asked why the NSF should think of depriving thousands of Naga family of their services or salaries if they were working for the Nagas. The Association asserted that the fixing of superannuation or retirement age of government employees was purely a matter to be dealt with by the government only which also has its own policy mechanism to frame policies. “No NGO should dictate the government to determine the destiny of its employees,” it said. The NDMSA said the government also should not view the NSF as a militant organization and tend to yield to their demands and added that the Federation was only acting as a watchdog of the public that offers “views of corrections” whenever things were going beyond limit. The Association also said it was “ridiculous” on the part of the government if the rampant age tampering was the reason for the government adopting different criteria, as all other states in the country was using the same yardstick of superannuation to retire government employees. With the government equipped with all the sources and resources to check such corrupt practices, the NDMSA said the matter could be easily done away with if the government has the will power to do so. Acknowledging the government’s decision to enhance the superannuation age from 57 to 60 years, the Association said that the failure on the part of the government to defend its “wise decision” was certainly going to divide every Naga house which could be related to children going against the wishes of the parents and vice-versa. “Children unreasonably want to cut short the happiness and peace of their parents by way of reducing the service life of their parent and uncles under the pretext of age tampering,” the statement added. The NDMSA appealed the state government to deliver justice to the employees so that peace could prevail.

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