ZNP chief Lalduhoma slams Mizoram Government over GPF lapse

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AIZAWL, march 5 (Newmai): Zoram Nationalist Party (ZNP) chief Lalduhoma slammed the Mizoram government today for “withholding” General Provident Fund (GPF) and asked the government to stop the practice of “entrusting particular persons” (who have quota) to release the fund.

Addressing the party political session here, Lalduhoma said Mizoram has been facing acute financial crisis and the practice of appointing “particular persons” who have reserved quota in employees Dearness Allowance (DA) and PF was illogical and against the interest of the people.

Lalduhoma’s attack on the Mizoram government came after main opposition Mizo National Front (MNF) leveled serious allegation of irregularities in the implementation of GPF rules by the State government.

The ZNP leader alleged that the government withheld employees’ DA and Dearness Relief (DR) for no reasons even after released by the Central government and “sometime deposited their interest rate of DA for GPF by force”.

As per the directive of the Centre, DA and DR are to be released to employees twice in a year in the months of January and July from 2006. However the Mizoram government released DA from January 1, 2009 and that of DR from July 1, 2008, according to Lalduhoma. He then asked the State government to release DA and DR in time and stop putting interest credit of DA as GPF. He also said that the employees deposit their GPF money to the government’s account which can be used any time when needed with permission from head of office or DAO. When employees need to withdraw money from their GPF accounts, they have to pay to some people who were given authority to release the fund, which according to him (Lalduhoma) was outright corruption.

The ZNP leader then asked the government to look into “this malpractice” and stop awarding authority to “some individuals who monitor” release of DA, GPF and DR.

Earlier, MNF had accused the State government of violating the GPF rules and “robbing its employees by withholding” DA and DF of pensioners.

The Opposition party alleged that the State government fabricated a rule by which the chief minister, the state finance minister, the state finance secretary and officials in the state finance department, especially those above superintendent rank, were entrusted with a task to release DA, PF and DR. These officials have quota in employees’ fund, it alleged.

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