Mizoram Chief Minister Pu Zoramthanga has written to Union Home Minister Amit Shah asking the central government to reconsider its appointment of the new state chief secretary Renu Sharma.
In his letter to Shah, Zoramthanga urged to appoint someone with a working knowledge of the Mizo language. He requested that Additional Chief Secretary JC Ramthanga be named the new chief secretary in place of Renu Sharma.
He said most of the people in Mizoram and many of his colleagues in the cabinet "do not understand Hindi" and even "have problem with English".
"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," he wrote.
Renu Sharma is an AGMUT cadre IAS officer of the 1988 batch, who was appointed by the Centre on October 28 to take charge from November 1 as Chief secretary of Mizoram.
However, on the same day, the Mizoram government also ordered JC Ramthanga to take charge as chief secretary from November 1, therefore Mizoram currently has two Chief secretaries.
Zoramrthanga further mentioned in the letter, "Mizo people, by and large, generally do not understand Hindi, and none of my Cabinet Ministers understands Hindi, some of them even have problem with the English language. With such background, a Chief Secretary without the knowledge of a working standard Mizo language will never be an effective and efficient Chief Secretary. Due to this fact, the government of India never posted a Chief Secretary who does not know the working standard of Mizo language since the creation of the state of Mizoram."
"Whether it is the UPA Government or the NDA Government at the Centre, this has been a practice since the creation of Mizoram State. It is a well-known fact that in the other States of India, a Chief Secretary, who does not know even the basic working language of the respective state is never posted at all," he added.
The Chief Minister then reminds Shah that he has been a "faithful partner of the NDA from the beginning".
He said, "I am the only one among the Northeast States, who has been a faithful partner of NDA from the beginning upto this time. I, therefore, believe that I deserve a special favour and consideration for this faithful friendship with NDA...Considering all these facts and circumstances, the proposal of the Chief Secretary, which was given even to my predecessor Congress Chief Minister, if it is denied to me, the Congress party and all other Opposition Parties will make a mockery of me for faithfully serving the partnership of NDA. I, therefore earnestly request you to modify the order and kindly accept my proposal."