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Govt to implement retirement act
Published on 5 Nov. 2009 1:58 AM IST
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Drawing attention to reports that appeared in the local media which stated that the Supreme Court had asked the government of Nagaland not to issue any further orders with regard to the Retirement Act, state chief secretary Lalthara denied any such directives were issued by the apex court. It may be recalled that the Gauhati High Court had rejected the plea of the Nagaland Senior Government Employees Welfare Association(NSGEWA) against the Retirement Act after which it filed a leave petition in the Supreme Court praying that the state government be asked not to enforce the Act that became effective on October 31, till the matter was disposed off by the court. According to a communiqué issued Wednesday by chief secretary Lalthara whatever instructions and clarifications that had been issued by the state government on October 30 last would stand and should be implemented without any dilution. He also said there were reports from Adminstrative Heads of departments (AHoDs) and Heads of Departments (HoDs) that there was smooth implementation of the Act. “However, certain instances of non-cooperation by the retirees have been reported on the assumption that the Supreme Court has issued some directive to state government no to proceed further with the implementation of the Act…” he said. Meanwhile, the government has directed all those affected by the Act and who continue to keep government documents and properties under their custody, to immediately hand them over to new incumbents and obtain proper receipts. Lalthara also instructed that any obstruction or non-cooperation on the part of the retired employees should be immediately reported to the responsible AHoD/HoD for necessary action, which could include withholding and forfeiture of pension benefits and the like. EUUN demands Meanwhile, echoing similar assertions of the NSF with regard mandatory examination to fill the vacancies that arise due to Retirement Act, the Educated Unemployed Union Nagaland (EUUN) urged the government to call for open competitive examinations in order to select the best candidates and avoid entry of candidates with bogus educational documents. “The government must enable the right people to take the right places in the society for true all round social development and remove chaos and confusion,” EUUN president Achilo Thong said in a statement. EUUN also cautioned that it will not remain a silent spectator if justice was not done to the younger generation.

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