Sunday, August 14, 2022

Nagaland Assembly Secretariat Staff Association resumes duty after two weeks of protest


Nagaland Assembly Secretariat Staff Association (NASSA) resumed duty on Friday exactly two weeks after it launched protest against the “arbitrary amendment” of service rules and reappointment of Dr. PJ Antony as the administrative head of department (AHoD).
NASSA vice president, Rocus Rino, told Nagaland Post that NLA secretariat resumed normal functioning on Friday. He disclosed that many of the files, which had been left pending for the past two weeks, have now been processed.
He said files relating to the Presidential poll with Constitution related procedures were also left pending. However, after the Election Commission had communicated on the urgency of the files to be processed, the same were set into motion.With the assurance and intervention of the high powered parliamentary committee, he said NASSA and JAC have kept the agitation in abeyance till Monday, and hoped that the issue would be resolved positively within the stipulated time.

NASSA agitation began with a two-day “pen down strike”, which was later gradually intensified with putting on black badges and recently added a poster campaign and prevented entry of Dr. Anthony to the Assembly complex.
Recently, at a meeting between NASSA members and Joint Action Committee (JAC), the two bodies had decided to temporarily suspend agitation for three working days (June 17, 18 and 21).
The decision to put the agitation in abeyance comes after the high powered parliamentary committee headed by former NLA speaker Dr. Chotisuh Sazo requested the two bodies to call off the protest and resume their and assured that the committee would resolve the issues.
The agitation was suspended on the conditions that the appointment order of Dr. Antony, a retired officer, would be revoked during the said period.
NASSA said that entry of Dr Antony into the Assembly premises would be strictly restricted and the office of the principal secretary in the NLA would remain suspended during the three working days.
NASSA and JAC had warned that if their demands were not fulfilled, the two bodies would resume their agitation starting June 21.


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