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3900 govt. employees retired since 2009: Rio

Fourth day of the budget session in progress at the Nagaland Legislative Hall Kohima on Saturday. (R) NLA speaker Kiyanilie conducting the business of the house. (DIPR)
Correspondent KOHIMA, MAR 26 (NPN):
Published on 27 Mar. 2011 12:14 AM IST
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Altogether around 3900 government employees have retired since October 31, 2009 till date but none of them have received pension due to delays at various stages.
Chief minister Neiphiu Rio who is also holding the portfolio of P&AR informed this at the ongoing budget session during question hour, Saturday. He, however, denied that the government was aware of any case of deliberate withholding of pension case. Rio attributed the delays to submission of the required documents by the retired employees, delays in processing the papers in the directorates and the secretariat and in the office of Accountant General, who has the authority to issue pension payment orders.
The chief minister assured necessary action can be taken to expedite the matter if any case of deliberate withholding of pension was brought to the notice of the government. Member from the opposition bench Joshua Sumi who raised the starred question stressed that those who have submitted all their necessary documents should be cleared on priority. He argued that the retired employees, who served the government their whole life, should not be thrown into the dustibin. “They have families and how can they survive for years without their pension,” he asked and requested the leader of the house to expedite the matter.
State govt. on peace talks
Chief minister, Neiphiu Rio said that the state government was not in a position to state the progress of the political talks between the NSCN (I-M) and the government as it was not a party to the political talks. Rio was answering a question raised by the opposition leader Tokheho Yepthomi during the question hour in the floor of the House on Friday.
Rio apprised the House on the “good job” done by the state government constituted Political Affairs Committee of DAN, in contacting and talking to various Naga nationalist groups with a view to persuade them to sink their differences and to unite for the Naga political cause, so that the political dialogue with the government of India could be further strengthened and expedited.
He said the state government had also facilitated the formation of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Naga political issue with the purpose of working for unity of the Naga nationalist groups and strengthening the Naga political cause.
Further, the DAN government had also taken a decision to make way for any alternative government that might be necessitated by the peaceful and satisfactory resolution of the Naga political issue, Rio added.
Responding to a supplementary question on the reply of the different Naga political parties when they were contacted, Rio said one thing came crystal clear from the Naga groups that they all wanted peace and unity as per the desire of the people thus resulting in the signing of the Covenant of Reconciliation through the FNR. Restating the commendable job done by the PAC, Rio said all legislators irrespective of the political parties have contributed to the same.
State govt. propose College of Nursing in 2011
State government has proposed to start a College of Nursing in 2011 subject to approval of the Indian Nursing Council. Minister for health & family welfare, Kuzholuzo Neinu said an application was sent this year for GNM and B.Sc Courses.
Congress MLA C. Apok Jamir raised a question on the progress made till date since inception of the Christian Institute of Health Sciences and Research after a MoU with state government, EHA and CMA for a period of 30 years. Azo said that the hospital started its clinical services on October 29, 2007. Most of the building works were completed as per schedule except for diagnostic block and two wards for which works were still going on, he informed. The minister informed that diagnostic services such as - CT scan, Ultra sound, X ray, ICU, High Dependency Care Unit were started and following departments established – Medical, Surgical, dermatology, paediatric, OG, dental, ENT and community health.
He added that 100 beds have been operationalized and over 200 outpatients. He also said that the objectives set for CIHSR were with specialized services, training activities, and community outreach activity. Azo stated that the main draw backs were lack of consultants in orthopaedics, ophthalmology, psychiatry and Anaesthesia. Though the DPR for the Medical College has been submitted, the central government has not provided funds for the same amounting to approximately Rs.400 crores, he informed the house.
He said efforts were being made to get doctors from other partner hospitals and that reputed doctors from CMC Vellore etc were brought from time to time to work at CIHSR.
On the role of the government in providing monetary and logistic support to CIHSR, Azo informed that as per the MoU, the state government was to provide Rs. 9.81 crore as its share and also clear the pending liabilities amounting to Rs.13. 66 crores. All these obligations have been met, he added. The minister said that the College Nursing Project amounting to Rs.17 crores was also totally funded under Special Plan Assistance of the state.
He said representatives of the state government official such as the chief secretary, additional chief secretary and development commissioner, additional chief secretary and finance commissioner, commissioner and secretary (H&FW) and principal director (H &FW) were members of the General Body as well as the Board of Directors whereby necessary logistic support were also being provided.
Further depending on the need, activities/issues of the Institute were reviewed at various levels of the Government, he said.
Replying to a supplementary by C. Apok Jamir who wanted to know other proposals put forth, the minister replied that in the pipeline were Para Medical Training Institute and Medical College.
NLA passes five bills
The Nagaland Legislative Assembly passed five bills without any debate through a voice vote on the fourth day of the ongoing budget session Saturday.
The bills included “The Nagaland Amusement (Third Amendment) Bill, 2011,” “The Nagaland Co-operative Societies (Amendment) Bill 2011,” “The Nagaland Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (Amendment) Bill,” “The Nagaland Municipality Disclosure Bill, 2011” and “The Nagaland Municipalities Community Participation Bill, 2011.”
Chief minister Neiphiu Rio moved for the consideration and passing of the first three bills while Dr. Shurhozielie Liezietsu moved for consideration and passing of the last two bills which were passed through voice vote.
Cooperation deptt. violated P&AR rules: Pusa
Opposition party Friday accused the Cooperation department, a portfolio which the chief minister holds, of being the first department to violate the P&AR rules and setting a new precedence for irregular appointments. The accusation was made by opposition member K.V. Pusa during the question hour when chief minister Neiphiu Rio in his reply to a starred question said 23 employees from the deptt retired during the year 2009, 2010-2011 against which two LDAs (Directorate) and two LDAs (District) were appointed through interview conducted by P&AR department. Another 13 JICSs, 7 LDAs and 2 computer assistants were appointed on contract basis with contract period spanning from 6 months to 1 year.
He said out of the 13 JICSs, 5 JICSs were appointed on NPSC Requisition quota and their service shall stand terminated on the recruitment of NPSC candidates. Rio also said that the contract appointments were made as a stop gap arrangement. Further, a selection board was constituted to conduct interview for these posts which was under process, Rio replied.
Pusa also questioned whether through such appointments, the reservation policy was being implemented. He pointed out that while the number of retirement was shown as 23, the total number of appointments made was shown 26. Following the accusation from the opposition member, Rio assured that whichever vacant posts were under the purview of NPSC, the department would follow it while the rest would be recruited through the departmental selection board.

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