Nearing 80s, these ex-babus still full-time members of NE panel

Updated on Feb 07, 2012 01:48 AM IST

Having retired from active government service nearly two decades ago, two former bureaucrats, who have a mandate to frame development plans for the North East (NE) states, continue to be the full-time members of the North Eastern Council (NEC) enjoying the minister-of-state status and perks and amenities that come with it.

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Hindustan Times | BySanjib Kr Baruah, New Delhi

Having retired from active government service nearly two decades ago, two former bureaucrats, who have a mandate to frame development plans for the North East (NE) states, continue to be the full-time members of the North Eastern Council (NEC) enjoying the minister-of-state status and perks and amenities that come with it.


An exasperated Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) has written to the law ministry for advice so as to fix the tenures of full-time members for three years.

In 2002, the NEC Act, 1971 was substantially amended providing for appointment of two full-time members.

Interestingly, the amendments drafted by one of the members in question, did not have a retirement clause for members. In effect, the tenure for these two NEC members is for perpetuity.

The two members—Inderjit Kaur Borthakur, IES (78) and PP Srivastava, IAS (77)—retired from government service on August 31, 1992 and February 28, 1993 respectively.

"They have been NEC members for the last 7-8 years. Because of advanced age, no work is getting done. Most of the time they are in Delhi. One member has been rendered immobile. Yet they continue to hold the NEC membership and enjoy amenities involving heavy expenses to the public exchequer," said a government source.

"For how long will they continue to be (NEC) members? There is an acute need for new and energetic blood with dynamism for a region which will play a critical role in the backdrop of a renewed emphasis on the country's Look East policy."

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