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Retirement Bill violative of HC judgement: CANSSEA
Published on 18 Jul. 2009 12:34 AM IST
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Against the backdrop of the recent formation of the Nagaland Senior Government Servant Employees Welfare Association’s (NSGSEWA) as the Confederation of Nagaland State Services Employees’ Association (CANSSEA) was allegedly not willing to take up the matter on the Nagaland Retirement from Public Employment (2nd Amendment) Bill 2009, the latter has reiterated its stand to continue to abide and stand by the high court judgement passed on September 6, 1995. The high court had delivered judgement in favour of CANSSEA by striking down the earlier Nagaland State Government rule of 33 years of length of service for retirement of government employees. CANSSEA president, Dr. K. Solo in a statement said that the Bill which was passed by the state assembly on July 10 was not only a repetition of the past mistakes but also violative of the High Court judgment. CANSSEA reminded that the High Court in its judgement declared that the rule relating to 33 years of service irrespective of whether he or they attained the age of superannuation was arbitrary and violative of Article 14. It said that the court further stated that throwing the employees out of government service as per the length of service had no basis and declared the same as ultra-vires. Around 3000 employees would go on retirement when the Bill comes into force after three months. This NSGSEWA had however claimed that the 3000 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. The NSGSEWA had reaffirmed to seek legal redressal over the Retirement Bill 2009.

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