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CLP flays CM’s talk on finance
DIMPAUR, FEB 11 (NPN):
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Published on 12 Feb. 2011 1:34 AM IST
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Congress Legislature Party (CLP) has said that the chief minister Neiphiu Rio’s talk on financial problem aftermath the fire incident at his official residence “proved otherwise” to his talk about construction of CM’s official residential complex below the Legislators’ Home involving over Rs.40 crores. CLP leader, Tokheho Yepthomi said when the Raj Bhavan, the two-storeyed residential bungalow of the governor could be completed with 6.5 crores, it made no sense in such extravagant spending for CM’s residential complex at the cost of the common man’s meager budget.
He said that the CM squarely blaming the central government after the fire incident was “uncalled for.” Tokheho said while everyone was concerned with the unfortunate incident of such serious nature, it was not the appropriate time to throw blame on the centre which was giving an all-out financial support both in state plan and CSS to the State.
It was pointed out that the UPA government has been generously releasing sufficient funds to the state. The CLP said that the CM’s admission that Nagaland gets 94% of the state’s expenditure from the centre in the form of central assistance and loans was itself an indication that the artificial fund crunch has been created due to rampant corruption indulged by NPF-led DAN government.
Tokheho said that the state’s finance department headed by the CM himself had earned the dubious reputation of being the “worst-managed finance” in the country. He said that the BCR gap of Rs.770.15 crore for the financial year 2010 – 2011 and loan component that stood at Rs.8093.62 crores till March 31, 2010 proved gross financial mismanagement beyond doubt. Despite the mismanagement, the CLP leader said, the UPA government had again released Special Plan Assistance (SPA) of Rs.223.36 crores on January 16, 2011 as sought by the state government.
He reminded that the state was given Rs.712 crores to implement 6th Pay Commission RoP for government employees which was also highlighted in the budget presentation on July 26, 2010. Tokheho said it was surprising that even after 15 months of lapse w.e.f October 31, 2009 and despite the assurance given by the CM in November 2010, the DAN government still failed to release the monetary benefits to the retired employees. Further, he said that the implementation of 6th RoP for the in-service employees have been only partial as roughly 40% of the 6th RoP benefit for those having GPF accounts were not paid in cash but adjusted into their accounts which might add burden to the state exchequer later on.
Tokheho said that over 6000 employees were released from service as on October 31, 2010 and as of date, the rough figure stood at 7000 plus. Out of this, he said over 64% of them were affected by length of service fixed at 35 yea The CLP leader said it was obvious that the government enjoys the benefit of 7000 plus retired employees’ salaries and cash stashed in GPF accounts of in-service employees. “The DAN government also enjoys undue privilege of back-door appointments through favoritism and nepotism against the 7000 plus vacancies by flouting all established rules,” Tokheho alleged.
Sympathizing with the affected employees, the CLP demands that the DAN government immediately release the monetary benefits to the retired employees as also to implement the 6th RoP in toto with full cash payment for in-service employees as sufficient fund had already been provided by the centre for its implementation.

 
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