NCSA begins mass casual leave
Kohima, Oct. 3 (EMN): Nagaland Civil Service (NCS) officers under the banner of the Nagaland Civil Services Association (NCSA) today launched a three-day ‘mass casual leave’, as a form of protest in matters pertaining to revision of service rules.
About 200 NCS officers, out of a total 283, are said to be taking part in the protest. The agitating officers reportedly converged at the Capital Convention Centre this morning and held a meeting before the representatives of the association met the Chief Secretary Pankaj Kumar. It was informed that the association served a memorandum to the government but details could not be obtained till the time o filing of this report. Calls made to the NCSA president for comments also went unanswered, however, a member of the association informed that the mass casual leave was a move to demonstrate the officers’ dismay on the state administrative machinery. While refusing to divulge further, he relayed that the NCSA appeals to the public for cooperation during the period of the leave by its members.
Sources say that the call for agitation arose from political apathy as well as political decision towards induction of non-NCS persons to various posts in the government organisational structure that are supposed to be held by NCS officers. It was also learnt that few posts which have been lying vacant since 2016 were yet to be filled, even after the passage of almost a year. “The NCSA has been pursuing the matter with the state government and had also issued several representations to the authorities in the past”, a source had told Eastern Mirror earlier. Apparently, there has not been any positive outcome from the powers that be, which could have pushed the association to come up with the decision to call for a ‘mass casual leave’ as a sign of resentment towards state government on the induction/service rules issue.