Commitment key to public service
KOHIMA, NOVEMBER 22
Governor Dr Ashwani Kumar today called upon the Confederation of All Nagaland State Services Employees’ Association (CANSSEA) to be committed in providing excellent public services, contributing to good governance and ensuring rapid all round development of the State.Addressing the silver jubilee celebration of CANSSEA here at the NBCC convention hall this afternoon, Kumar said the three draws back in leadership of government employees in the Naga society are ineffective and inefficient delivery of services, lack of ability to quickly adapt to fast changing circumstances and technology and lack of accountability and doubtful reputation for honesty and integrity.
He cited the submission of memorandum to the Simon Commission in 1929; the drafting of various agreements and important documents before 1947 and up to date have all had the unmistable imprint of Naga employees rather than politician and lawyers. He said the language used in these historical records is so precise, the seriatim recordings of issues – 4-point; 6-point; 9-point; 16-point, is so perfect that only a very intelligent employee could have done the final drafting,” he said.
However terming these as public perceptions which may be “unfounded or exaggerated”, Kumar further observed that the solution these shortcomings lies within the bureaucratic level and stressed that CANSSEA must forge and formulate plans and strategies to address these shortcomings while also ensuring that this perception is removed from the public mind.
“You are the best educated, the best paid, therefore, everyone expects you to take the lead in solving the problems of the people”, he asserted.
Maintaining that the theme “Forging ahead” as most “appropriate, directly relevant and absolutely timely”, he expressed optimism that good governance by government servants would emanate from the association members as an outcome of the event.
He also felt the need to take care of the work charged employees, the casual and daily wagers stating that the condition of contracted and outsourced labours are not good.
“They are our responsibility, they must not be exploited and they must be paid their dues on time”, he opined.
Further maintaining that the government will continue to be the best and largest employer for many years to come, he termed it high time to undertake an independent and professional exercise to re-assess the Human Resources deployment in the government sector to re-assess the manpower needs of government departments and agencies to ensure optimum utilisation of available human and financial resources by the State government.
He also felt that the State government ought to direct all Educational Institutions towards imparting professional disciplines and that the State government adopt programmes and schemes accordingly in its planning.
On the occasion, the chief minister of Nagaland, Neiphiu Rio also termed Jubilee not only a time to celebrate but to introspect and retrospect one’s success and failures and also to set challenges for “ourself and our people because we are here to serve the people”.
“We have to work as a cohesive team and implement the programs and schemes as set by the policy makers”, he said adding “we are privileged to be working for the government”.
He also appealed and challenged every employees of the government to participate efficiently, set targets for years to come and show the achievements.
Dwelling on the theme “forging ahead”, Chief Secretary, Alemtemshi dwelled on the need to examine on the developments and progress of the society and world, awareness of policies of countries around us such as China and Burma and also the policies of India particularly its look east policy.
These general awareness must guide us in forging ahead with a vision and conviction for the future generation, he said.
Alemtemshi further urged all CANSSEA members to remember the essence of Christianity and also urged the government servant to particularly remember the love of neighbour and not behave like Cain in discharging their duties so as to be true government servant.
The programme was compered by Elias T. Lotha, Deputy Transport Commissioner and Vimezhonu Tetso, State Organising Commissioner (Guides). Invocation was pronounced by Rev. Dr. Anjo Keikung, General Secretary NBCC while welcome address was delivered by Dr. K. David
Sema, President CANSSEA. Song was presented by Chakhesang Baptist Church, Minister Hill. General Secretary Report was given by General Secretary CANSSEA Vekho Vero and vote of thanks delivered by Convenor, Jubilee Planning Board S. Takatuba Aier.