Sunday, August 14, 2022

NASSA to intensify protest; begins poster campaign


Even as its “pen-down strike” entered 10th day on Tuesday, the Nagaland Assembly Secretariat Staff Association (NASSA) has declared to intensify its protest against the reappointment of Dr. PJ Antony as the principal secretary and arbitrary framing of certain provisions in the service rules.
Earlier, NASSA had warned that if the demands were not met by June 13, it would prevent Antony from entering the NLA Secretariat complex. It had also served an ultimatum on the NLA speaker and chief secretary to revoke the appointment of Dr Antony. However, since its demand went unheard, the Joint Action Committee (JAC) decided to intensify its stir by adding a poster campaign to ongoing protest.
Addressing media persons at the NLA secretariat main gate, JAC secretary, Sezoto Theyo alleged that Antony had arbitrarily revised certain service rules basing on which his application for reappointment was recommended and approved.
He said even after repeated representations and ultimatums, none of their pleas were heard. Therefore, he said NASSA resolved to intensify the protest until Antony’s appointment was revoked.
NASSA vice president, Rocus Rino said they had gathered at the main gate in order to stop Antony from entering the office premises.
Responding to a query on how the amendments were made to the service rules, NASSA members said although there were provisions to revise rules under provisions, it was also clearly mentioned that in order to frame or amend the guidelines, a committee had to set-up look into it. NASSA, which had challenged the amendment in the court, is waiting for the court to pass a judgement.
NASSA members said that some of their senior members had fulfilled all the criteria for promotion and would be able to handle the office(s). Therefore, the members said they were demanding that the authority and the post be given to them and not be handled by a retired person.
They said Cabinet’s decision to appoint Dr Anthony as the principal secretary came as a shock to them since provisions for the said post was not present earlier.
Further, they said that overlapping rules in the Nagaland Legislative Assembly was a big issue.


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