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Gauhati High Court verdict on Retirement Act likely today
Correspondent KOHIMA/Dimapur, OCT 29(NPN):
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Published on 30 Oct. 2009 1:42 AM IST
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Gauhati High Court is likely to pronounce its judgment on the petition filed by Nagaland Senior Government Employees Welfare Association (NSGEWA) challenging Nagaland Retirement from Public Employment (2nd Amendment) Bill 2009 which sets to determine the retirement of government employee at 60 years of age or 35 years length of service which ever come first tomorrow. According to NSGEWA source, the principle bench Gauhati High Court which had reserved the judgment after three days of consecutive hearing on the petition from October 20 to 22 earlier is expected to give its judgment tomorrow. Though, the judgment will only be known only after the judge pronounced the judgment, yet the association which had filed the petition is seemed to be in an upbeat hoping that the judgment will be in its favour. It may be mentioned that, bowing to the Naga Students’ Federation demand to fix the length of service at 33 years or 60 years of age whichever comes first, the government of Nagaland introduced the Nagaland Retirement from Public Employment (2nd Amendment) Bill 2009 and passed the same during the last assembly session. As per the state government assessment, around 3000 government employees are expected to be affected by the act which will be effective from October 31 next. Following the passing of the act, the affected senior government employees formed themselves into an association and filed a petition in the Principle bench of the Gauhati High Court challenging the act. The court admitted the petition and the case was taken up for hearing for three consecutive days when both the counsel representing the petitioner NSGEA and the Advocate General of Nagaland representing Nagaland State Government presented their argument. NSGEWA informs Nagaland Senior Government Employees Welfare Association (NSGEWA) has requested all the government employees – affected by Nagaland Retirement from Public Employment (2nd Amendment) Bill 2009 - to continue to attend their respective duties regularly till the pronouncement of verdict from Guahati High Court. In a joint press statement received here Thursday, the NSGEWA general secretary Thunglamo Ovung and joint secretary Petelhouvi Vese said that Nagaland advocate general has already written to state chief secretary not to take up any action till pronouncement of judgment. The hearing of the case was held October 20 to 22 between Nagaland Senior Government Employees Welfare Association vs. state government.

 
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