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Superannuation bill tabled in Assembly
Correspondent KOHIMA, JUL 7 (NPN):
Published on 8 Jul. 2009 1:01 AM IST
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Finally bowing to the pressure, particularly from the Naga Students’ Federation (NSF), the state government has introduced The Nagaland Retirement from Public Employment (Second Amendment) Bill 2009 on the floor of the state legislative assembly on the first day of the budget session which began here, Tuesday. The Bill, which sets the upper age limit at 60 years and maximum years of service at 35 years, whichever may come first, is likely to affect around 3000 government employees who have to go on superannuation during the current financial year 2009-2010. The Bill which was introduced in the floor of the house by Yitachu, parliamentary secretary, Law and Justice, Tourism, Art and Culture stated that the state government will accrue an approximate estimated expenditure of about Rs.231.30 crores in terms of the total pensionary benefits from the Consolidated Fund of the State of Nagaland during the current financial year. The Bill will be taken up for consideration and passing on July 10 next, informed Kiyanilie Peseyie, Speaker Nagaland Legislative Assembly. Copies of the bill which were made available to the press, stated that the Amendment of Section 3 of the Nagaland Retirement from Public Employment (Amendment) Act 2007 will ensure that the existing entry shall be substituted by the following Section 3 (1): Notwithstanding anything contained in any rules or orders for the time being in force, a person in public employment shall hold for a term of 35 years from the date of joining public employment or until he attains the age of 60 years, whichever is earlier. Section 3 (2) stated that a person under person in public employment shall retire on the afternoon of the last day of the month in which he attains the age of 60 years, or in which he completes 35 years of public employment, whichever is earlier. The bill, in its statement of objects and reasons stated that large number of educated unemployed youth in the state had registered in the Employment Exchanges of Nagaland, who were in search of white collared employment, particularly under the government sector. It stated that employment avenue in the Government sector had already saturated. The state being a welfare state, considers it necessary that job opportunities under the Government sector should be shared by the citizens in a more equitable manner, and that the objective can be better achieved by fixing the upper age limit for retirement from government service as well as by setting a limit on the maximum number of years a government servant may be allowed to be in government services, it stated. On the Memorandum Regarding Delegated Legislation, the bill stated that state government was delegated with the power to enact legislation under clauses 3 of Article 246 of the constitution and subject was enumerated in the Seventh Schedule list II and pointed out that delegated legislation was of normal character.

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