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Bank clearance chit for pensioners
Correspondent KOHIMA, JUL 13 (NPN):
Published on 14 Jul. 2010 12:09 AM IST
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After the recent Supreme Court verdict dismissing the leave petition of the Nagaland Senior Government Employees Welfare Association (NSGEWA), pensioners in the state are reportedly faced with new conditions for processing pension papers.
The state government was learnt to have asked the pensioners to bring clearance from the various banking institutions of their last place of posting and submit the same to process their pension papers. “This is another attempt to harass the pensioners,” said one of the pensioner who was among those affected by the length of service following the Nagaland Retirement from Public Employment (2nd Amendment) Act, 2009.
As per the pension rule, a person who is going to retire must submit his pension papers eight months ahead. The papers were processed by the respective department including clearances from the various banks. “How can every government employees who is retiring go to all the banks such as Kohima and Dimapur where there are several banks operating to get the clearance?” the pensioner asked.
It may be mentioned that the Nagaland Retirement from Public Employment (2nd Amendment) Act, 2009 which fixed the length of service of a government employee at 60 years of age or 35 years of length of service was passed in the state Assembly in July last year and came into effect from November 1 last year affecting an estimated 3000 government employees.
However, the Nagaland Senior Government Employees Welfare Association NSGEWA took the matter to the Court challenging the Act but the Supreme Court gave the final verdict in favour of the state government by dismissing the Leave Petition of the NSGEWA. The entire process took almost a year thereby delaying the pensioners of their pension benefits during the period.
The state government had earlier estimated around 3000 government employees to be affected by the amendment Act. However, with the delay on the matter, the figure was likely to shoot up.
According to NSGEWA estimates, out of the total 81,000 regular state government employees which included those in the incumbency lists and enjoying scale, only 32% would retire normally at the age of 60 years while 64% would be affected by the length of service of the Act. The remaining 4% would be slightly or partially affected.
As per the association estimates, the number of government employees to retire till first week of May 2010 year after the length of service came into effect stood at 4600 and the figure was expected to reach around 5000 by now.

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