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HC, NSGEWA on retirement act
Published on 27 Aug. 2009 12:46 AM IST
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Amid the uncertainty that surfaced over the retirement act constitutionally coming into force especially after the Nagaland Senior Government Employee Welfare Association (NSGEWA) filed a case challenging the act, the Gauhati high court as well as the NSGEWA have clarified on the current status of the case. Gauhati high court, chief justice, J Chelameswar and judge, I.A. Ansari in a joint statement said that the court did not propose to examine the writ petition filed by P.K. Goswami, Ld. Sr. Counsel for the petitioner challenging the constitutional validity of the Nagaland Retirement from Public Employment (Second Amendment) Act, 2009, as the counsel failed to produce a copy of the enactment. The high court said that the advocate general of Nagaland also made a statement that the enactment has not yet come into force. Under such circumstances, the high court said it had adjourned the matter with the liberty to the petitioners to move the court as and when they obtained a copy of the mentioned enactment. In a similar statement, the NSGEWA said that the high court did not admit its case when it first filed a writ petition challenging the bill on July 27 as the retirement bill/act was not published in the Nagaland Gazettee. NSGEWA secretary, E. Thunglamo in a statement however, said with the bill now having been published as an Act in the Nagaland Gazettee, the association has filed additional affidavit at the Gauhati high court on August 19. The association was expectant of the high court fixing its hearing soon. Meanwhile, the NSGEWA clarified that the retirement act would affect many senior employees both the gazetted and non-gazetted particularly the devoted primary teachers, grade IV employees and police constables.

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