Nagaland | State to penalise govt officials who made unauthorised appointments

Nagaland | State to penalise govt officials who made unauthorised appointments

KOHIMA, July 20, 2018: The Nagaland government, in a notification issued on Thursday, iterated its warning stating that the officials who had made unauthorised appointments would be strictly penalised and FIRs will be lodged against them with the Vigilance Commission.

The directive stated that all appointments at all levels would be made only against existing vacant posts that have been created in accordance with the rules in force and no appointment of any sort would be made in the absence of a vacant post.
The department of Personnel & Administrative Reforms (P&AR) stated that despite clear instructions, it has come to the notice of the government that a number of unauthorized appointments without sanctioned posts have been made by certain heads of department.

A public interest litigation (PIL) was filed by Against Corruption and Unabated Taxation (ACUT) in the Kohima bench of Gauhati High Court against the Nagaland government regarding irregular and illegal appointments in various departments in early 2016.

The department of personnel and administrative reforms (P&AR) also said their pension benefits should be withheld till the criminal cases against them are disposed of.

The department of personnel and administrative reforms said the Nagaland government had issued instructions that appointments at all levels would be made only against existing vacant posts that had been created in accordance with the existing rules and no appointment would be made in the absence of a vacant post (vide an office memorandum dated February 26, 2001).

On July 4, the state cabinet directed the chief secretary to restate the earlier order banning unauthorised appointments.

"Action should be taken against the erring officers and they should be penalised as per rules," the notification said.

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