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Retirement bill to come into force on Oct 31: CS
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, SEPt 3 (NPN):
Published on 4 Sep. 2009 1:18 AM IST
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Chief Secretary Nagaland, Lalthara has said though the retirement bill 2009 comes into effect on October 31 2009, yet there were many heads of departments in various districts who were unaware of the order issued by the P & R department as it had probably not reached them. Stating this to Nagaland Post over telephone Tuesday, Lalthara pointed out that after the Retirement Bill 2009 was passed by the 14th Nagaland Legislative Assembly, the P & R department issued orders to Directorates and heads of departments on August 7, to release government employees who have served for a total of 35 years or who have attained 60 years of age by October 31. “The fact is that many heads of department in the districts are not aware of such order issued by the P&AR department reaching the district levels” , he said. On being asked to comment on the issue, the Chief Secretary said that orders dated August 7, were issued by which every department have been directed to process the necessary formalities for releasing the retiring employees. Moreover, the Chief Secretary further asserted that since the retirement bill 2009 has become a law and it would come in force from October 31, 2009. The Chief Secretary further said he saw no possibility of the bill being put on hold despite pressures from various unions. He said the state government was ready to face such a situation and would proceed with the implementation of the legislation. Temjen Toy, Commissioner and Secretary, P&AR department when contacted by this reporter on the order issued by the P&AR, said that the order has been issued through special messengers to each department in the state along with format of pension papers so as to enable the retiring employees in processing their pension papers and in filling the necessary documents. When asked if the order issued by the P& R department to release retiring employees was received, the District Agriculture Officer Dimapur denied receiving it. He further said no official communication either from the directorate or from the Personnel, Administrative Reforms (P&AR) department was received. However on the contrary, Dr. Supong Kietzer, Director Agriculture department on being asked about the same order, said the department has indeed received the order issued by P&AR and appropriate steps have been taken. The department has even acknowledged the order dispatched by the P & R department for necessary action, he said.

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