Gaur?s generosity may cost Dr Negi dear
Babulal Gaur?s unusual generosity is likely to cost Madhya Pradesh Council of Science and Technology (MAPCOST) Director General Dr J N Negi dear. The Finance Department has recommended to the Chief Minister a re-look at the amendment that enabled the 69-year-old scientist to avail all the perks and salary of a serving D-G without deduction of pension.india Updated: May 03, 2006 15:14 IST
Babulal Gaur’s unusual generosity is likely to cost Madhya Pradesh Council of Science and Technology (MAPCOST) Director General Dr J N Negi dear. The Finance Department has recommended to the Chief Minister a re-look at the amendment that enabled the 69-year-old scientist to avail all the perks and salary of a serving D-G without deduction of pension.
Dr Negi, who had earlier served as MAPCOST D-G in the Sunderlal Patwa regime, was reappointed on the post on December 22, 2004, during Babulal Gaur’s chief ministership. The appointment order issued by the Science and Technology Department clearly mentioned that Dr Negi would get a package after deduction of his pension he is drawing as a retired scientist of the National Geophysical Institute, Hyderabad.
The service conditions also denied him special allowance, dearness allowance or any other perks. However, under Gaur’s regime, the service condition of the MAPCOST D-G were amended on February 21, 2005, to make Dr Negi entitled for Rs 25,000 as fixed salary in addition to dearness allowance/additional dearness allowance, medical allowances as per State Government’s rules and other facilities like house, vehicle etc. What is more, the amendment provided for non-deduction of his pension from the total emoluments.
Neither the General Administration nor the Finance Department was taken into confidence in issuance of this amended order, which is pre-requisite in such an exercise.
Recently, the Finance Department has sent a file to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan apprising him about the existing rules and regulations in the appointment of MAPCOST D-G. “Paying salary to a retired employee without deducting his pension was wrong,” the department has categorically mentioned in the file.
Officers of the department are of the opinion that additional payment made to Dr Negi in the wake of the amendment in his service condition should be recovered from him.
Incidentally, the appointment itself was violation of the BJP Government’s policy. A GAD order on October 1, 2004, clearly stated that ‘no one would be given extension in service or re-appointment after completing 60 years of age’.
Though MAPCOST service rules do not have any mention of the upper age limit of the D-G, none of Dr Negi’s predecessors continued beyond 65 years of age. The then chief minister, Digvijay Singh, had moved a proposal for a three-year extension to the then D-G S N Dwivedi but it was turned down in the face of the stiff opposition from the bureaucracy on the ground that the D-G had completed 65 years.
‘I don’t care for money’
WHEN CONTACTED, MAPCOST Director-General Dr J N Negi said that he came to Madhya Pradesh to do some work and senior scientists like him do not bother about money. “It is up to the Government to take a decision on this issue. As far as I am concerned I will continue to work here because I did not come to Madhya Pradesh for the sake of money,” he told Hindustan Times.
The senior scientist pointed out that IIT graduates are getting hefty sum as they are in great demand at international level. However, when his attention was drawn towards government rules related to reappointment of a retired employee, he said government rules are not applicable on an autonomous institution like MAPCOST.
First Published: May 03, 2006 15:14 IST