7th Pay Commission for central govt employees announced

New Delhi 25 Sept: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today approved the constitution of the 7th Pay Commission, which is likely to impact at least 85 lakh central government employees and pensioners.

“Its (7th Pay Commission’s) recommendations are likely to be implemented with effect from January 1, 2016,” Finance Minister P. Chidambaram said in a statement.

The setting up of the Commission comes ahead of the Assembly elections in five states this year and the general elections next year.
The government constitutes Pay Commission every 10 years to revise the pay scales of its employees and often these are adopted by states after some modification.
The names of the chairperson and members, as well as the terms of reference, of the Pay Commission will be finalised and announced shortly, the Finance Minister added.

The recommendations of the sixth Pay Commission were implemented from January 1, 2006; fifth from January 1, 1996, and fourth from January 1, 1986.

There are at present around 50 lakh central government employees and 35 lakh pensioners, who stand to benefit from the recommendations from the Pay Commission. NDTV

Is Naga issue less than others?

Anthony Shimray, still waits for justice to be delivered and he writes this LETTER from his cell at Tihar Jail, Delhi

In backdrop of the long-drawn case my personal decision is being made known for your valuable prayer and moral support.
Be informed that I am observing the completion of three years illegal detention in Tihar jail. This anniversary will be observed with ‘hunger strike ‘ for three days starting from 27-sept. to 29 sept.2013.

This infamous day of my arrest/kidnapping at Kathmandu airport on 27-sept-2010 will go down in the chronicle of Indo-Naga peace talks as a ‘Black day’ no matter of what no country nowhere in the world kidnap or imprison a delegate who comes to attend peace talks. In fact it has caused a colossal damage in the image of GOI and peace process . Peace is a must but peace is not made in this way through coercive policy arrest and suppression win/win solution and long lasting peace cannot be expected rather because of this unprecedented episode it has tainted Indian democracy with dark spot .

For better understanding it is pertinent to mention some of the facts:

Both Mr. Joel – president and Nunisa DHD –BLACK WIDOW were released to initiate peace talks.
All ULFA senior leaders including A.Rajkanwa chairman released on bail to re-start peace talks .
Ranja-Nabla Daimary- chairman NDFB released on bail for facilitating him to sit for the proposed Peace talks . He was charged with serial bomb blast case where 94 killed and 400 seriously injured.

Mr. Liyaquat Shah a hardcore LET militant was granted bail after languishing more than two months in Tihar jail. He came to India under ‘rehabilatory policy of JK state’. NIA judge I.S Mehta –the same judge of Anthony Shimray (self) released Liyaquat on bail.

On july 23rd, 93 political prisoners were released unconditionally by the Millitary Junta of Burma. It is done so with the policy to correct the past mistakes and to pave way for a fresh political negotiation.

The wind of change is blowing everywhere even in Myanmar-the land known to be modern Killing field . whereas big democratic country-India fails to uphold democracy values and human rights.

It is therefore, my cry ‘ Released all political prisoners’ without condition for the sake of strengthening the fragile peace process.

Secondly ‘No more killing and random arrest’.

Arrest, imprisonment and killing do not cohere with Peaceful Political negotiation. It is a mockery of peace talks ; it is a betrayal to our own self . Is Naga issue less than others?

The time has come for the GOI to demonstrate its serious commitment towards the Indo-Naga peace talks . How can we trust if there is no evidence to trust. It will not be wrong to conclude that the Naga or Nagas issue is an expandable issues before the eyes of GOI.

As for Nagas being ingenious is good and golly. However ,it is prudent to take Pre-emptive measures so that we will not be swallowed by political tsunami of anti-peace forces.

As for me without your support I will be like a man crying in the wilderness . It would have been impossible for Lazarus to roll away the stone of the tomb had there been no support or help of other believers. In the same way without your timely helping hands my voice will go unheard. I can do nothing absolutely nothing without peoples movement even my existence will be meaningless.

I’m so grateful for your unfailing love and unceasing support for me with humble heart I would like to request you all again to join with me in the struggle for peace , freedom and for the future.

God bless you all ! KUKNALIM !!!

In his service Dated 16 sept. 2013

Anthony Shimray
(Anthony Ningkhan Shimray, Tihar Central jail #4. New delhi)

‘Mainland Indians know little of northeast’

NTIMES 22Oct: ‘Mainland Indians know little of northeast’
Kohima: Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio said that the majority of mainland Indians would have little or no knowledge of the northeastern states, including Sikkim.

“It is indeed true that a majority of mainland Indians have little or no knowledge of this part of the country, which is definitely India but unfortunately an unequal India,” Rio said, addressing the Eclectic Young Leaders Connect-2 conference at Kisama village near Kohima, the mountainous state capital of Nagaland, Saturday.

He added: “It is an urgent national need for mainland India to appreciate and understand the northeast, and to make the people of the region feel a part of India.”

Moreover, he said that the feeling of distance, disconnect and neglect that the northeastern states feel with the rest of the country should be addressed as a national issue.

“Let us keep in mind that less than one percent of the landmass of the region is directly touching mainland India and more than 99 percent of our geographical boundary is international. The feeling of distance, disconnect and neglect that this region feels with the rest of the country is a national concern,” Rio said.

The northeastern states are surrounded by Bangladesh, Myanmar, Bhutan and China and the only land route accessible to these states from India is through the Siliguri corridor in West Bengal – also called ‘Chicken’s neck corridor’ – and Assam.

Rio pointed out that the northeast, including Sikkim, remained backward and underdeveloped, despite being a crucial region for India.

“The infrastructure is poor, the economy is weak, there is political instability and violent insurgency and social unrest and more, and these have created an environment of neglect and disappointment, where there is little or no hope,” he lamented.

Urging the centre to resolve outstanding political issues and resolve insurgencies in the region, Rio said, “Unless an air of political stability is created by removing insurgency and violence, the region will continue to lag behind.”

India’s northeast, wedged between Bangladesh, Bhutan, China and Myanmar, is home to more than 30 odd rebel groups with demands ranging from secession to greater autonomy.

More than 50,000 people have died in violence since 1947.

At the same time, he said the people (rebels) of the region must understand the ground realities and appreciate the problems of the Government of India.

“There is also reason to believe that many of the problems we face are, in fact, created by us and it may be politically incorrect to say so, but the sad truth is that insurgency has become the best industry in the region,” the Nagaland Chief Minister said. (IANS)