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NSGEWA slams DAN; threatens to move court
DIMAPUR, MAR 17 (NPN)
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Published on 18 Mar. 2011 1:09 AM IST
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: Alleging that DAN government has deliberately delayed the process of pension papers and all other benefits, the Nagaland Senior Government Employees’ Welfare Association (NSGEWA) Thursday threatened to seek justice by filing PIL if government failed to uphold the laid down rules and continue harassing the NSGEWA members.
“If government departments fail to uphold the laid down rules and continue harassing the NSGEWA members we may be compelled to seek justice through PIL against any defaulting department and claim interest upon pension money beyond three moths as per relevant pension rule,” a statement issued by NSGEWA chairman Roko Pier and secretary Thunglamo Ovung.
The association said consequent upon the implementation of Nagaland Retirement from Public Employment (2nd Amendment) Act, 2009 about 300 senior government employees were “forced” to retire at one go on October 31, 2009 and thereafter subsequent retirement under the said Act, up to October 31, 2010, were branded as “antagonist” by DAN government.
The NSGEWA said thus the government adopted a “punitive policy” to victimize and punish a Naga generation; particularly those who retired between Ocotber 31, 2009 to October 31, 2010, were severely punished like law offenders/criminals with mala fide intension.
“The DAN government had completely deprived the NSGEWA members of the 6th ROP (revised of pay) benefits,” they said, and asserted that not satisfied with it, the DAN government deliberately delayed the process of their pension papers and all other benefits not sparing GPF withdrawal which was not government money but hard earned money of each individual employee.
Stating that delayed payment of GPF money at retirement was against the Rule governing the provident fund, the NSGEWA alleged DAN government’s intensions was to see some of its members starve to death due to extreme poverty by holding up all pension benefits up till now after a lapse of 16 months of “forced retirement.”
Further, alleging that DAN government was trying to politicize the issue, the association said the government departments, however, must act according to the rules as they were governed by service rule.
The association recalled that on March 1, 2011, when its delegation met the accountant general (AG), Nagaland, and apprised of their hardships, difficulties and grievances, the AG assured of timely disposal of their pension papers etc.
The AG also reportedly told the delegation that he was ready to depose off any amount of papers in time, be it 6000 or 7000 cases, but the state government departments were not sending the pension papers of retirees.
According to records nearly 7000 employees has been released on retirement but so far only 600 pension papers have been received by the AG office which is not even 10% of total retirees, the NSGEWA claimed.
In order to avert undesirable situation, the association further appealed to all the departments to expedite pension papers so they get their due benefits.

 
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