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DREAN memo to CS works & housing
DIMAPUR, JAN 18 (NPN):
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Published on 19 Jan. 2011 12:28 AM IST
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Alleging that appointments and promotions were made in contravention to NESR 1997 under works and housing department Nagaland, the Direct Recruit Engineers Association of Nagaland (DREAN) has demanded that such appointees be acknowledged as “irregular appointees” and revoke officiating promotion order of one Er. Sungtiba Amer within seven days.
In a memorandum to the commissioner & secretary (C&S) works and housing department, the DREAN president Er. J. Meren Imchen and general secretary Er. Chengato Kath stated that association found out through RTI Act that Amer was granted officiating promotion to the post of executive engineer (EE) vide order No.WH/ESTT/15/2008 dated Kohima May 14, 2010, on the basis of merit-cum-seniority.
Association urged the C&S to re-examine some “facts”, that Er. Sungtiba was appointed on contract basis vide order No.WH/EST/28/78(Pt) in July 1995; appeared NPSC exam till 1998 and was not selected; that his service was regularized in department through cabinet approval vide order No.WH/EST/28/78(B) dated July 3, 2001, on condition that his seniority would be counted w.e.f. June 20, 2001; given current charge of EE vide order No.WH/EST/22/98(Pt) dated September 16, 2008; and his recent officiating promotion as EE in 2010. Further, the association stated that despite its previous representations with regard to those points, Er. Sungtiba was given the promotion when direct recruits of 1996 batch were yet to be promoted.
Maintaining that those “facts” pointed that Er. Sungtiba was an irregular appointee, the association said offering the current charge to Amer “for unlimited period of time” was depriving the promotion of qualified officers. Stating that it had learnt of the officiating promotion only through RTI, the DREAN said it indicated a “clear case of nepotism and violation of transparency in governance.”
It questioned the C&S as to how a person could be promoted on the basis of merit when being an irregular appointee he has no right to claim seniority; whether a person could be promoted through merit irrespective of his seniority status in service; and how a person appointed in contravention of the service rule framed lawfully and under powers conferred by provision to Article 309 of the Indian Constitution be given the same status vis-à-vis those who were properly and lawfully appointed to service under the same rule.

 
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