A Voluntary Retirement Scheme in Chakma Autonomous District Council (CADC) of Mizoram has become a bone of contention between the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
On June 22, the Chakma District Mizo National Youth Front (MNYF) welcomed the scheme stating that it was introduced with a view to ‘improve the efficiency and strengthening the administration’ in CADC and lambasted the BJP for “deliberately spreading misgivings to mislead the people” on the scheme.
A press statement issued by the MNYF said that on October 24, 2019, the executive committee of CADC notified the Voluntary Retirement Scheme inviting employees who have not less than 3 years of service for reaching superannuation and were willing to opt for voluntary retirement from their services for which the executive committee of Chakma Autonomous District Council may consider for appointment of eligible family member not above the level of the retiree.
The MNYF welcomed the voluntary scheme introduced by the CADC and stated that it has been introduced with a view to improving the efficiency and strengthening the administration by streamlining the existing manpower.
“There are many senior employees under CADC who do not have the requisite qualification and have not been able to discharge their duties with the required level of competence, efficiency and effectiveness due to over aging, health issues and inadaptability to changes in work methods which has left the offices almost paralyzed. The VRS is a compassionate gesture by the present executive committee towards such employees, otherwise who could have been compulsorily retired on ground of ineffectiveness as per rules,” the MNYF said.
Further, MNYF rejected the BJP’s allegation that the VRS system is a deliberate attempt to appoint the kith and kin of the executive committee of CADC as completely “bogus” and “misleading”. The youth wing buttressed the claim stating that the VRS scheme is open to any employee of CADC who fulfills the eligibility criteria under the provision and there is no involvement of favoritism in its implementation.
The party’s youth wing also lambasted the Chakma district BJP’s accusations that the present executive committee of CADC is making “fresh appointment of illegal jobs” as “a deliberate attempt to portray the honest, well-intended and above board scheme of the CADC government in poor light by spreading misgivings and falsehood.”