Nagaland Government Pensioners Association in Kolkata (NPAK) held its annual get-together at Baruipur, a small town about 40 kms from Kolkata, on Sunday.
Former minister NPF Chubatemjen Ao was a special guest in the get-together. The Association gets patronage of the Nagaland government and held its annual general meeting at the conference hall of Nagaland House in Kolkata.
NPAK comprises of people mostly Bengalis, who have served in various capacities in the Nagaland government in the past. Among them were engineers, health officials, secretariat service employees and district service employees.
According to Kamal Sinha, secretary of the association who was former Additional Secretary (Finance) of Nagaland government and has served in Kohima from 1962 to 2005, the association has 173 members though there are more than 300 pensioners of Nagaland government in West Bengal.
Ao said many of these pensioners had joined the Nagaland government services after the formation of the Nagaland state and had helped in the initial periods after statehood.
Most of the people from outside to work in Nagaland government came from Kerala, West Bengal and Assam.
Subsequently, however, the Nagas themselves have progressed in education and enterprise and now they are employed in large numbers by the Nagaland government and are capable of looking after most of the government functions. To ensure adequate job for the Nagas, a system of reservation in government services is also in place.