Sunday, February 25, 2024

HPC to seek more time

The High Powered Committee (HPC) constituted earlier to examine matter relating to fixation of maximum length of service for the state government employees following the NSF demand for fixation of service length is likely to seek more time to submit it reports and recommendation.
Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Lalthara who is heading the HPC when contacted revealed that the HPC was yet to compile its report and recommendation and was likely to take some more time. The Committee should be able to submit its report and recommendation by February 15 next, he said. The HPC had already collected some data, facts and figure but it could not compile the report as some of its member had to go on leave on the midway, he added and cited the example of its Member Secretary, C.J. Ponraj who went on leave and returned recently.
The HPC is headed by Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Lalthara as Chairman, Principal Secretary (P&AR) C.J. Ponraj as Member Secretary and three other members including Additional Chief Secretary & development commissioner Alemtemshi Jamir, Principal Secretary & FC, Toshi Aier, and Secretary (Law & Justice), K.N. Chishi, which was constituted by the state government with a directive to submit their report and recommendation by the end of January for examination by the state cabinet.
The terms of reference for the HPC included scrutinizing the retirement profile of all the government employees prepared by the P & AR department and to make necessary recommendation regarding the fixation of maximum length of service of government employees and other service conditions; to examine the issues of doctoring of date of birth (Age tempering) by government employees and recommend measures to address the problems; to review the recruitment system of Class-III & IV employees at all levels and recommend a streamlined system to effect recruitment/employment of qualified employees in future etc.
and for introduction of any other measures to access employment opportunities of unemployed qualified youths within and outside the state.
It may be recalled, following the state cabinet’s decision to enhance superannuation age of the state government servants from 57 to 60, the NSF had strongly opposed it and demanded that the determining factor for superannuation of a government employee should be either length of 33 years of service or 60 years of age or whichever was first.
Following the mounting pressure from the NSF, state chief minister Neiphiu Rio during the later part of last year assured the NSF that the state government would look into the matter and table a bill in this connection during the next Assembly session.

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