Headmen’s body stages walkout

CM-Synjuk meet on service rules ends in a stalemate

Chief Minister Mukul Sangma, his cabinet colleagues and officers in a meeting with a delegation of Synjuk Ki Nongsynshar Shnong ka Bri U Hynniewtrep in city on Wednesday. (ST)

SHILLONG: As expected, the much-hyped meeting between Chief Minister Mukul sangma and the leaders of traditional institutions on the issue of service rules on Wednesday failed to break the ice even as members of  Synjuk Ki Nongsynshar Shnong ka Bri U Hynniewtrep walked out of the meeting opposing the state government’s ‘adamant attitude’.
The leaders of Synjuk Ki Nongsynshar Shnong ka Bri U Hynniewtrep, while accusing the state government of being adamant, demanded  immediate de-notification of amended service rules.
However, making his government’s stand clear on the issue, the Chief Minister said that the contention of the State Government was that  the service rules would only strengthen the traditional institutions.
The State government recently amended a rule to make it mandatory for government servants to inform the government about holding any office in a community-based organisation, association or traditional body.
According to the amended rule, “A government servant, who holds office in a community-based organisation, association, traditional body or society shall furnish information to the government immediately on holding such office.”
Those who are already holding an office would also have to furnish the information to the government.
However, the faith-based and clan-based organizations are exempted from this.
“The idea was that the Government should have all the information regarding those people who are holding office in a community-based organization,” he said.
Sangma said that even the Central Government and other states too follow the same rule   where   employees have to furnish their details on holding such offices.
The leaders of the traditional institutions are of the view that it is not necessary for the Government to seek information from Government employees who hold office in community-based organizations.