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BJYM opposes amendment of Service Rule

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  22 Jan 2016 12:00 AM GMT


SHILLONG, Jun 21: The BJYM Youth Wing has opposed the proposal of the state government to amend the Meghalaya Service Rule 1990 by inserting Article 20 (b) debarring government employees from holding any office or membership in any organization and traditiol institutions.

“If we look at the Central Service Rule it allows government employees to take part in honorary activities. Why the state government is so eager to suppress the rights of the people from holding such posts which will only benefit their own community,” BJYM youth wing president Eugene Kurkalang told newsmen here today.

According to him, the state government should be pleased that qualified people are taking up responsible jobs in order to uplift their own community. “If the government goes ahead with its proposal it will affect various organizations in the state ranging from religious organizations, self-help groups to traditiol institutions,” he said.

Informing that the BJYM youth wing will soon hold meeting to discuss on the issue, he said, “If the state government does not reconsider its decision, we will have to take other steps to pressurize the government.”

Maanwhile, the Synjuk Ki Nongsynshar Shnong Ka Bri U Hynniewtrep (SNSBH) in a meeting today at Wahingdoh Community hall set January 25 deadline to the state government for de-notification of the proposed amendment to Meghalaya Services (Conduct) rules.

The Synjuk will take other course of action if the state government fails to do away with the amendment.

It may be recalled that the High Court of Meghalaya has recommended the state Government to bring in suitable and comprehensive legislation to settle the controversies connected with the issue.

A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Uma th Singh and Justice T.N.K. Singh said that until a suitable legislation or an Ordince during the pendency of the Bill, is brought by the State government, the directions passed by the single Bench headed by Justice S.R. Sen on December 10, 2014, will remain in force.

During the general meeting of the Synjuk various representatives from different traditiol institutions disagreed with the January 13 ruling of the Meghalaya High Court and supported the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) decision to file a Special Leave Petition before the Supreme Court W. Kharshiing, president of the Synjuk while speaking to reporters expressed bitterness over the Government’s decision baring Government servant from holding office in various organizations or traditiol institutions.

The Synjuk also expressed disappointment over the High Court judgment directing the State Government to frame rules to empower traditiol institutions.

He said the Synjuk are against the decision to conduct elections for appointment as a traditiol head.

According to him, the present Government’s intention is to dissolve the traditiol institutions and to bring a Panchayati Raj institution.

“We will seek an appointment with the Chief Minister Mukul Sangma, to discuss on the de-notification of the proposed amendment to the Meghalaya Services (Conduct) rules and the Village Administration Bill,” he said.

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