Kohima, 24 January (MTNews): The Nagaland Voluntary Consumers’ Organization (NVCO) has expressed its appreciation and full support for the decisive action taken by the State Government to terminate employees appointed on a regular basis without sanctioned posts and those appointed against supernumerary posts.

The State Government’s move received staunch backing from the NVCO. The organization urged all departments to cooperate with the government in this endeavor. The termination of employees appointed without sanctioned posts or against supernumerary posts addresses longstanding issues of corruption and irregular practices in public employment, NVCO said in a press release.

Highlighting the prevalence of such practices, NVCO President Kezhokhoto Savi Advocate emphasized that these irregular appointments have been a common occurrence in various government departments, contributing significantly to corruption. The termination decision is viewed as a positive step towards curbing corruption in public employment, signaling a commitment to fairness and transparency.

NVCO particularly looks forward to observing fairness in the upcoming recruitment of constables in seven departments, including Nagaland Police, Home Guards, Fire & Emergency Services, Prisons, Forest, Civil Defence, and Lokayukta. The state cabinet’s approval to conduct the constable recruitment has been welcomed by the organization.

President Kezhokhoto Savi underscored the connection between public employment and corruption, citing abuses of power, nepotism, favoritism, extortion, bribery, and the sale of government jobs as common instances. He asserted that public employment should adhere to Article 16 of the Constitution of India, ensuring equality of opportunity for all citizens.

Furthermore, Savi emphasized that any appointment made without proper advertisement and without inviting applications from the open market constitutes backdoor appointments, violating Article 14 & 16 of the Indian Constitution. Several High Courts have reiterated the need to halt backdoor appointments, emphasizing the infringement of fundamental rights and the importance of providing equal opportunities through an open competitive process.

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