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Centre ignores ‘devoted accomplice’ Zormathanga’s request for Mizo-speaking chief secy; deputes Renu Sharma

The ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) headed by Zoramthanga is a constituent member of BJP-led North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) and tied up with the NDA

File picture of Mizoram chief miniser Zoramthanga. News18

Even as Mizoram chief minister Zoramthanga wrote to Union Home Minister Amit Shah, requesting for the appointment of a Mizo-speaking bureaucrat, the Centre has appointed Renu Sharma as the brand new chief secretary of Mizoram.

Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla on Tuesday talked to Zoramthanga on the problem over the cellphone from Delhi and has apparently refused to alter Sharma’s deputation, a senior CMO official advised PTI, refusing to reveal particulars.

Chief Minister Zoramthanga had requested that Additional Chief Secretary JC Ramthanga be named the brand new chief secretary rather than Renu Sharma.

“After the retirement of my Chief Secretary Lalnunmawia Chuaugo of Gujarat Cadre, I requested my present Additional Chief Secretary JC Ramthanga (Manipur Cadre) to be the next Chief Secretary. However, the Home Ministry has posted Mrs Renu Sharma as the new Chief Secretary,” the Chief Minister had stated within the letter dated 29 October 29, as quoted by NDTV.

“The Mizo people, by and large, do not understand Hindi, and none of my Cabinet Ministers understands Hindi, some of them even have problems with the English language. With such a background, a Chief Secretary without the knowledge of a working standard Mizo language will never be an effective and efficient Chief Secretary,” the Chief Minister had stated in his letter.

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He had additionally identified in his letter that he had been a ‘devoted accomplice’ of the NDA within the northeast. “I, due to this fact, imagine I deserve a particular favour and consideration for this devoted friendship with the NDA,” he wrote, including that if Centre uncared for his needs he could be mocked by Congress and different opposition events for remaining with the NDA.

The ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) headed by Zoramthanga is a constituent member of BJP-led North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) and tied up with the NDA. The occasion, nonetheless, doesn’t work with the BJP within the state, which has one MLA within the 40-member meeting.

A supply near the Chief Minister stated that such requests have been “routine practice”. “It is not that the Mizoram government does not want an outsider. We welcome it but the Chief Secretary personally assists the Chief Minister in several matters and it is much simpler if they know the language,” a supply near the chief minister advised The Indian Express, including that that they had “expected” the Centre to “pay heed to the request”

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“Usually, the Centre respects the suggestions made by the state government, provided the suggested Chief Secretary is qualified. Pu Ramthanga is highly qualified and is nearing retirement. So we do not understand why they did not listen to us,” he stated.

Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram and Union Territory (AGMUT) cadre Renu Sharma was requested by the Centre to take cost from 1 November. On the identical day, the Mizoram government-appointed Manipur cadre IAS officer JC Ramthanga, who’s at the moment posted as further chief secretary to the chief minister, because the chief secretary. However, Sharma assumed workplace on 2 November, the official stated.

Sharma, an AGMUT cadre IAS officer of the 1988 batch, had earlier been posted to Mizoram twice (finance and normal administration departments, 2011 and residential and personnel and administrative departments, 2016).

With inputs from PTI

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