Post Mortem

Golden handshake – Solution for excess govt. employees

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 5/6/2019 12:03:14 PM IST

 Nagaland is said to be the state having the highest number of govt. employees in comparison with its average population. This has been found to be one of the major drawback where all the funds sent by the centre meant for developmental activities in the state are diverted in paying the salaries of the govt. employees which has only resulted in poor infrastructures, bad road conditions and erratic power supply with corruption adding to its woes more. Many departments are overstaffed and this excess employee has not only overburdened the state treasury but also making the people more lazy and dependent on govt. services only. If only half of the govt. employees in our state were engaged in agriculture or various trades and business sector, Nagaland would not have been complaining of the influx of illegal immigrants too. Getting their salary every month with or without work has made many employees insincere, lazy and incompetent. This has resulted in the poor performance on many fronts. Many individuals who have talents in various fields are drawn by the easy money of the govt. jobs and therefore have killed their own talents. Due to over-dependency on govt. jobs  of our people, parents force their children and wards to join govt. services by hook or by crook which our political leaders and bureaucrats have no choice but to appoint them through backdoors which has completely hampered the economic growth of the state. Either the govt. employees are over-qualified or under-qualified but they all may have been more fruitful and productive if we tap their energy and talents in other avenues.

One of the best examples is the Education Department where many untrained teachers who are now compulsorily required to have a B.Ed degree but cannot do so as many of them have secured below the required qualifying percentage. There are many young qualified aspirants who have the required qualification but cannot get employment due to excess appointments. In this, the govt. should give a Golden Handshake to the untrained and unqualified teachers who are presently in the service by giving them 10 years salary in advance with pension benefits. This way unemployment problem too can be solved in our state. Added with this, a more productive, trained and qualified teachers will be absorbed in the educational system too. For those who opts for the voluntary retirement can invest their 10 years salary in some ventures that will not only benefit them but also the society and the state. The minimum voluntary retirement age should also be brought down to atleast 15 years from the present 20 years.

Aienla Jamir, Dimapur, (

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