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Nagaland puts on hold salaries of bogus teachers

 KOHIMA, March 14 – The Nagaland Government has decided to disclose names of all bogus teachers detected by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) in newspapers and ordered the School Education department to withhold their salaries till they come out clean, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio said.

The decision was taken following a report by the SIT formed by the State Vigilance Commission submitted to the Nagaland Government which had disclosed that hundreds of bogus and ‘unfounded’ teachers drain over Rs 24 crore annually from the State exchequer.

A committee headed by Education Commissioner Mathung Kithang had been asked to immediately scrutinise the findings and take necessary actions besides withholding salaries of such teachers, he said.

The SIT had detected three types of anomalies – bogus appointments through fake papers/certificates, absentees and doubtful appointments, Rio said adding the Cabinet had extended by a month the time given to it to complete its investigation.

Agri policy: Meanwhile, with a goal to make Nagaland a food-surplus State, the Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) Government is to come up with a comprehensive policy for agri and allied sectors with realisation of the vision by 2020.

“So far we do not have any agriculture policy, there is hardly any cohesiveness among various agri and allied sector departments although various Centrally sponsored schemes are being implemented by them. So the State needs a comprehensive vision taking into consideration climatic change and its effects on our land,” Agriculture Minister Chumben Murry said here on Thursday.

Speaking at the thanksgiving service on completion of two years of the second term of the DAN Government here, the Minister said that he had discussed with the Chief Minister about the imperatives of an agriculture policy for the State.

The new policy encompassing all agri and allied sectors and related concerns and areas would be ‘Agri vision 2020’ with the aim to make the State a surplus one in production of foodgrains, fruits, vegetables, milk, fish and meat,” the Minister said. – PTI

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