New Nagaland Govt’s notice for 1-day Salary Deduction leads to Controversy

Kohima, March 13: Within just few hours of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) summoning the former Chief Minister of Nagaland, TR Zeliang in connection with a case of alleged extortion and tax collection from government officials, another government notification issued recently addressed to all the government employees now has become a matter of discussion in Nagaland.

The letter has reportedly been issued from the Nagaland Commissioner’s office on March 12 notifying on deduction of one day salary from all the government employees towards contribution for the Chief Secretary’s Welfare Fund.

The letter was addressed to all the respective deputy commissioners, additional deputy commissioners, sub-divisional officers, border magistrate of all the districts.

“I am directed to inform that the government has decided that one day salary of all government employees will be deducted voluntarily as contribution towards the Chief Secretary’s Welfare Fund” (sic) the letter read.

The notification further stated that those employees not willing to contribute are required to given a written statement.

At a time when the people had been expecting a wind of change with the formation of the Nagaland’s new NDPP led BJP government after the 15-year-old reign of the Naga People’s Front (NPF) government, at the same time the recent release of the government notification has become a matter of concern among the locals here in Nagaland.

Some locals have also demanded for an explanation for the said deduction for the Chief Secretary’s Welfare Fund. The notice seems to be directing more of a compulsory deduction in place of voluntary deduction as written, some alleged.

It must be noted that salary deduction from govt employees has always been a controversial issue in Nagaland. Issuance of such a controversial notice, within days of coming into power by the NDPP-BJP Govt has raised eyebrows.