Imphal, June 6,
All tribal Rights Protection Forum Manipur (ATRPFM) has lauded that present BJP led government both at center and the state for creating a pension cell in the Directorate of Tribal Affairs and Hills for ADC Employees stating that such a cell will give a great relief for thousands of ADC Employees, both tribe and non-tribe.
A statement of the ATRPFM said that creation of the pension cell in the Directorate of Tribal Affairs and Hills for ADC Employees has been published in Manipur Gazette vide No. 15/04/2016-HILLS(PT) vide Office Memorandum dated 02.02.2019 read with Notification dated 02.02.2018.
The statement said that the Governor of Manipur had framed Rules under Section 51(2)(vi) of the Manipur (Hill Areas) District Council Act, 1971, for giving service pension in respect of ADC employees and a notification has been issued by the Commissioner (Hills), Government of Manipur to that effect vide Notification dated 18.07.1991, bearing No. CHA/79/83-Pt. which was published in Manipur Gazette on the 18th day of July, 1991. The said Rules shall be deemed to have come into force on the first day of July, 1991. However, the State government could not implement the same.
Again, the same Rules was notified by the Principal Secretary to the Government of Manipur on 29th August, 2006 which be deemed to have come into force on the 28th of February, 2006, vide Notification No. CHA/79/83-Pt. But State Government is reluctant to implement the said Rules in spite of repeated approach and requests by ex-employees, employees and civil organisations(ATRPFM). The Governor of Manipur further amended the ‘Scheme for Payment of Pensions to the Employees of District Councils of Autonomous Districts of Manipur issued under Notification of even number dated 22/08/2006. A Notification dated 8th January, 2007 to that effect was issued by Commissioner (Finance), Government of Manipur and published in the Manipur Gazette on 30th January, 2007.
It is clearly mentioned at Item No. 1.7 under Para 2 of the said Notification that the Government has decided to provide fund under Demand No. 14 - Development of Tribal and Scheduled Castes to meet the expenditure on account of payment of pension,/family pension, gratuity, other retirement benefits, etc. as per the Manipur Civil Service (Pension) Rules, 1977 to the District Council officials and staffs. The scheme would take effect from 28/02/2006 as per the Notification.
The fund for Pension to Employees of Autonomous District Councils has been included in the State Budget under Demand No. 14 of the Tribal Affairs and Hills Department, Government of Manipur since 2007-08 financial year of which Rs 193.81 lakhs was earmaked. The fund for pension of ADC employees is also reflected in the Budget, 2018-19 with Rs 247.81 lakhs. Thus, the funds for Pension in respect of Employees of Autonomous District Councils have been reflected in the State Budget from the financial year 2007-08 till 2018-19. However, the previous State government failed to implement it and kept in abeyance. However, the State Government question their own laws and Rules. It is the government who made those Acts and Rules, and at the same time they were questioning their own laws which is amounted to mockery.
The ATRPFM statement said that the creation of the pension cell is an achievement for the BJP-led State Government.
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