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7th pay panel hike promised, strike soften

IMPHAL | Jun 8 : Manipur Secretariat Service Association (MSSA), Manipur Government Services Federation (MGSF) and Manipur State Pensioners’ Union (MSPU) called off indefinite cease work strike after the five points of agreement was made with chief minister, N. Biren Singh this evening.

The state government has agreed to extend the 7th Pay Commission benefits to the employees and pensioners of the government with the fitment factors of 2.57 notionally with effect from January 1, 2016 and actually with effect from April 1, 2019.

It also mentioned that the benefits of 7th pay commission with the allowances at pre-revised rate (at actual amount paid as on today) will be deposited to general provident fund (GPF) accounts for the period April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020. And 7th pay benefits with revised allowances will be paid in cash with effect from April 1, 2020.

It is also agreed that government will address the problems faced by the work charged, muster roll and casual employees sympathetically and settle at the earliest.

As the agreement has been signed by the chief minister, indefinite cease work strike of MSSA, MGSF and MSPU was called off immediately from today.

Speaking to media persons, general secretary of MGSF, Purujit Leirikyengbam said as the state has lack of finance, it took time to give the recommendation for implementation of central pay. He said chief minister sent letter to union finance ministry and prime minister regarding to the issue and with the assurance of them, the recommendation for implantation of central pay has been agreed.

Replying to a query frommedia, Purujit said regarding the issue, MSSA, MGSF and JAC of AMTUC and AMGEO were called in for negotiation but the JAC failed to turn up; so chief minister did not mention about any related issue of JAC.

The joint administrative council has denied the agreement brought today with the chief minister and the three organisations. It said the employees under its umbrella will not suspend the ongoing cease work strike.

Earlier today, employees under Zonal Education Office (ZEO), Zone-1 have questioned why BJP made promise to implement the central pay recommendation which cannot be fulfilled.

Demanding for implementation of central pay, employees of the zonal education office, Khoyathong staged a sit-in demanding for immediate implementation of the central pay scale stating that the fund for the pay has been included in the 14th finance commission.

Assistant inspector, ZEO, Zone 1, Ningthouja Joyvidya said, “Ahead of election, the ruling party in their ‘vision document’ promised to furnish 7th Pay scale. But now they say there is no fund. They should know it at the time of drafting the vision document. Why it is said to provide the pay scale when 15th finance commission comes, but it has been included in the 14th finance commission”.

What might be the reason, chief minister placed the issue only recently to the Union finance minister of state during his visit to Imphal. “Why the government keeps saying of financial shortage instead of urging the Centre for a package,” asked Joyvidya.

State employees have been intensifying the strike under the umbrella of JAC of AMTUC and AMGEO since March 22.

While the joint administrative council of AMTUC and AMGEO is struggling for 22 charters of demands, few organisations like the MSSA and MGSF in the name of representing the mass employees have been interfering by holding talks with the government diverting the rights of the employees, said secretary general of the council, Laitonjam Biken.

He said, “We are not ready to accept government’s invitation for talks unless the warrant to arrest JAC members is taken back?” Chief minister had assured to provide the central pay scale, but fails to fix the date of implementation of the pay commission’s recommendations, added Biken.

~IFP

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