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Govt. servants to take retirement bill to court
Correspondent KOHIMA, JUL 15 (NPN):
Published on 16 Jul. 2009 12:19 AM IST
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Senior government servants who were affected by the recently passed Nagaland Retirement from Public Employment (2nd Amendment) Bill 2009, under the banner of the Nagaland Senior Government Servant Employees Welfare Association (NSGSEWA) on Wednesday reaffirmed their intention to approach the court and seek legal redressal. The newly formed NSGSEWA convened a meeting at the Zonal Council Hall and had marathon consultation and discussion on their next move to approach the court and seek justice. Around 200 affected government servants from different government departments turned up for the meeting. The meeting discussed at length the steps and measures and also the possible financial implications in their move. Talking to Nagaland Post, the chairman of the Association, Roko Pier said that the NSGSEWA was formed as the Confederation of Nagaland State Services Employees’ Association (CANSSEA) was not willing to take up the matter on the Nagaland Retirement from Public Employment (2nd Amendment) Bill 2009. He alleged that the affected government employees tried to meet the CANSSEA officials but the latter was not willing to take up the matter. The superannuation bill had set 60 years of age or 35 years length of service or which ever comes first for retirement of government employees. The bill which is due for publication in the official gazette automatically becomes an Act. According to the sate government, it was projected that about 3000 government employees would be affected by the bill. Roko, however claimed that the projected figure of the state government was only of gazetted officers and that the figure was likely to be around 14,000 this year alone, if Grade III & IV employees were included. He also said that the state government’s projected figure of 3000 did not equal the figure of affected government servants from two major departments such as Police and School Education departments. It may be recalled that the retirement bill was passed during the recently concluded assembly session on July 10.

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