No more govt employees for CYMA leaders: PRISM

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Aizawl, Sep 26 (UNI) The People's Right to Information and Development Implementation of Mizoram (PRISM) is all set to launch a campaign - 'No government employees for the Central Young Mizo Association (CYMA) leaders' ahead of the elections to the office of the state's most powerful NGO.

PRISM president Vanlalruata said here today, ''There has been an increasing public opinion that CYMA leaders should not be government employees like NGOs in other states of the country, which was also put into action by PRISM some time back.'' ''Prism also met the Mizoram Governor a few weeks back in this regard. However, the Governor told us that he could not do much and advised us to campaign among the voters instead,'' he added.

Eight of the 12 nominees for the election recently announced by the CYMA's central co-ordination committee were government employees, including the sitting president, who was likely to be re-elected to the same post, he said.

''At the advice of the Governor, we will launch campaign among the voters not to elect any government employees,'' Mr Vanlalruata said adding that thay were optimistic of getting the public support.

He also pointed out that if a government employee became an NGO leader, his performance in the government office was likely to suffer because he would be required to participate actively in the NGO.

''Moreover, they are using the facilities they received from the government for campaigning for the NGO elections and continue to use their power as government officials once they get elected which encourages corruption,'' Mr Vanlalruata said.

However, the CYMA's central executive committee meeting held recently, which previewed the elections, voted down the agenda that government employees should not be nominated for the elections.


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