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Cabinet okays NPA; salaries through banks
Correspondent KOHIMA, JAN 18 (NPN):
Published on 19 Jan. 2010 1:24 AM IST
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The state cabinet on Monday approved the Non-Practicing Allowance (NPA) to the government Doctors but at the same time decided to award strict disciplinary action to the extent of termination of service if any one of them was found to be practicing in private while simultaneously enjoying NPA. This was disclosed to Nagaland Post by the chief secretary Lalthara. “Non-Practicing Allowance for Doctors consists of 25% of their basic pay and with the revision of pay, it is a huge amount now,” the Lalthara said. He, however, said any Doctor would be allowed to do private practicing if he/she chose not to take the NPA. Earlier, the state government had decided to do away with the NPA as most of the government doctors drew the NPA but indulged in private practicing. But the Doctors opposed the government’s decision and demanded for continuance of the allowance. Meanwhile, the state cabinet also decided to disburse salary to government employees only through bank accounts making it compulsory for every government servant to open an account in the bank. With the decision, salary will be directly remitted to the respective bank accounts of the government servants. Lalthara said that the decision was taken as many incidences of salary money being looted, robbed or snatched by miscreants were reported. Lalthara said the decision should be able to be implemented immediately particularly for Kohima and Dimapur. For other districts, it will be implemented slowly, he added. Civic bodies As the tenure of the town and municipal councils in Nagaland nears its end, state chief secretary Lalthara on Monday made it clear that all the civic bodies will automatically stand dissolved on completion of their respective tenures. On the completion of tenure, the chief executive officer will immediately take over while the state government will constitute an advisory committee to assist the CEO, he added. As per the government decision, necessary official notification indicating the specific date and tenure had been already issued, Lalthara said. He revealed that the state cabinet on Monday decided to extend more time to the committee which was earlier constituted to study into the Nagaland Municipal and Town Councils Act. The matter came up in the state cabinet meeting but since the committee had not submitted its report, the cabinet had decided to extend till April for the committee to submit its report and recommendations, Lalthara informed. The state government had earlier constituted the committee headed by commissioner and secretary urban development to study into the various lapses and lacunae in the Nagaland Municipal and Town Council Act and make necessary recommendations for amendment.

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