Its Financial year, suspend Cease-work strike: Biren

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, March 23, 2018: The cease-work strike would affect the financial year transactions at the end of the financial year which would directly or indirectly affect the people of the state, said chief minster Nongthombam Biren Singh as he appealed the state employees to suspend the employees’ cease-work strike.

The employees under the umbrella of Joint Administrative Council of All Manipur Trade Unions’ Council (AMTUC) and All Manipur Government Employees’ Organisation (AMGEO) launched cease-work strikeon Thursday demanding implementation of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations in the state.

The council blames the Biren Singh government for not fulfilling the promise made. It complaints that Manipur is the only state, in the entire north east states, where the 7th Central pay is not served.

Biren Singh today appealed the state government employees to suspend their cease work strike and resume their service for smooth functioning of administration from Monday.

The chief minister made the appeal during a press conference held at Chief Minister’s Cabinet Hall today.

Speaking to the media persons, Biren appealed the people of the state to support the earnest request of the government for the welfare of the state. He said the government would invite and hold talks the associations of the government employees after the financial year.

Mentioning that the government formed committees for the proper implementation of the 7th pay to the employees of the state government, he said the government does not have any intention to refuse the implementation of the Central pay. He said that the government has already agreed in principle with the joint administrative council and representatives of Manipur Government Services Federation for the implementation of 7th Pay Commission in the previous meetings. The government has discussed the matter with these employees associations on various occasions at the level of chief secretary and chief minister.

Biren also mentioned that out of the eight states of the North East India, only Assam has implemented the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission but on its state terms and rules. He said that there are 98,845 regular posts and 45,523 pensioners in the state as on May 15, 2017. If the government implements the 7th Pay Commission, then an additional financial expenditure of around Rs. 1, 400 crores per year would be required for wages and pension including Grant-in-Aid bodies, he added.

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