High attendance after order on ‘No Work, No Pay’

Correspondent KOHIMA, FEB 19 (NPN) | Publish Date: 2/19/2020 12:34:08 PM IST

Despite legal challenge, govt to enforce its order

Close on the heels of the warning issued by the state government on implementation of “No Work, No Pay” on absentees, there has been huge increase in attendance of government employees over the past few weeks which indicate that the notice appears to have had the desired effect.

Even staff attached with VVIPs have started attending offices regularly, while civil secretariat buses that normally ferry a few passengers are now jam-packedafter the decision to implement Aadhaar-enabled biometric attendance system.

The department of information technology and communication, in collaboration with home department, is monitoring the record of government employees at Nagaland Civil Secretariattwice a day, as majority of the employees, despite being registered with the Aadhaar-based attendance system, used to ignore the use of use of the devices for marking their attendance.

Chief secretary Temjen Toy had issued the order on January 29,2020 where attendance would be checked at month-end and remarks sought from the administrative heads of departments (AHOD) if required, after scrutiny. Then after approval from the chief secretary, names of employees with satisfactory attendance would be forwarded to the bill and cash branch of the home department for initiating processing of salaries.

Speaking to Nagaland Post, chief secretary Temjen Toy emphasized it was time for change and employees with the impression that they would invariably get paid irrespective of the fact whether they attended their offices or not would have to reorient themselves. 

He exuded confidence that change would come with the new policy, adding what had happened in the past was not relevant anymore. Toy explained that the government had initiated the process to be prepared for future. He cautioned that those not prepared for the future would become irrelevant and that no amount of rights would help them, stressing that time had come for change and those in the government and the entire citizenshad to realise this because every individual was responsible for change.

The chief secretary remarked that one could not go on criticising the government alone as every individual was responsible for change and those who did not change would be left out, be it those in the government or outside. 

Mentioning that after the “No Work, No Pay” policy was initiated, some had gone to court but said that the government will stick to its decision. Toy informed this correspondent that enough check systems were enforced in the past like checking attendance every year and conducting surprise checks. However, as nothing worked, he said the government was forced to come up with the new policy of “No Work, No Pay”, which would be strictly enforced.

It may be noted that cash-strapped Nagaland has been totally dependent on Centre for funds and with the state having over 1.25 lakhs employees (1:20), most of the development funds goes as salary component.

The reason of “excessive employees” has apparently become the root cause of the state having poor infrastructure and chief minister Neiphiu Rio echoed the same during a recent press conference. State chief secretary had also announced that the state government was considering diverting a part of the salary given to government employees in order to develop infrastructure. However, Toy said that the proposal was yet to be finalized.

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