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NPCC on budget, pension delays
Dimapur, April 3(NPN)
Published on 4 Apr. 2011 8:00 PM IST
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Terming the budget presented to the house on March 24 by the chief minister, who also holds the finance portfolio, as a “Ghost Budget”; chairman media cell of the NPCC Dr. K.Hoshi said it was because the Planning Commission of India refused to finalize the state plan as the state government could not submit the Utilization Certificates for 2010-2011.
NPCC said till then, the departments would have to wait in uncertainty and as a result of which development activities under state programs “will come to a grinding halt.”
Expressing amusement at the chief minister’s speech in thanking the UPA government for generously funding the state and reminding the people of Nagaland that the NPF Lok Sabha MP has been extending unconditional support to the UPA government at the Centre; the NPCC said the NPF-DAN raised the point of the “unconditional support” whenever it needed money or finalization of state plan outlay. The NPCC however, reminded the people that the NPF support to the UPA was “voluntary, unsolicited and with ulterior motive.” Stating that the survival of the UPA was not at the mercy of the NPF’s MP, the NPCC instead advised the NPF to save itself since its vote went against the UPA government during the Indo-US nuclear trust vote in 2008.
On the issue of payment of pension to all retirees, the NPCC pointed out that as per the chief minister’s statement to the house on March 28, a provision for Rs.496.33 crore was made in the Budget Estimate(BE) 2010-11 in respect of all pensioners who retired in the past but reduced to Rs.400 crore in the Revised Estimate(RE). It said the chief minister claimed that only 1520 pension cases could be settled by the AG’s office and saying that the state government was helpless if delays occurred in the AG’s office.
However, the NPCC asserted that the AG Nagaland in response, maintained that the AG’s office received 900 pension cases of which 700 were cleared. Stating that the AG’s clarification attributed delays on the government, the NPCC it said the AG clarified that the state government should process pension papers a year ahead of retirement to be submitted to the AG’s office six months ahead.
NPCC said the AG also disclosed that there was a three-month time frame for the AG to clear pension cases failing which, the matter goes to the CAG. It also claimed there are around 6000 retired employees out of which 1000 alone were from the education department.The retired employees have been sandwiched between the state government and AG office in the blame game it said. As a consequence the retirees have been made to run from pillar to post in getting the rewards of their hard earned work and that their dependents were facing severe difficulties especially with regard to the career of many youths.
Quoting the AG Nagaland, the NPCC said delays in clearing pensions only paved way for corruption for which the retirees were being victimized for their selfless service and added that they should not be the object of “envy for corruption”

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