7th pay commission; Biren urges JAC of AMTUC and AMGEO for three months while MGSF limits to 20 days

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Pothashang News Service

Imphal, October 27: Chief Minister N Biren Singh has urged the Joint Administrative Council of All Manipur Trade Unions’ Council and All Manipur Government Employees’ Organisation (JAC of AMTUC and AMGEO) to give three months time to the State Government to take up necessary steps and procedures for implementation of 7th pay commission recommendation.

The appeal was made while the Manipur Government Services Federation (MGSF), another employees group gave the N. Biren Singh government 20 days’ time to take a “positive step” to implement the recommendations.

Biren Singh made the appeal in a meeting held yesterday with other Government officials, and a 15 members’ team of the JAC.

The JAC’s president, Khaidem Mani told the reports after the meeting that out of the 22 points charter of demands submitted by the JAC to the State Government, the issue about implementation of 7th pay as per the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission was minutely discussed in the meeting .

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He said that the representatives of the JAC urged the State Government to implement 7th pay at the earliest and the JAC also plans to meet the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister, in case all other methods of persuasion fail.

The chief minister welcome their proposal to urge the Central government for aid in case the state government is not able to provide the necessary finance, added Khaidem Mani.

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The secretary of the JAC, L. Biken expressed disappointment with some of the associations and organisations launching separate agitation without any consultation with the JAC.

He further urged the people for a joint agitation, but not to support any organisation formed by members who were expelled from the JAC.

On the other the MGSF gave the N. Biren Singh government 20 days’ time to take a “positive step” to implement recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission.

The Manipur government has about 85,000 employees. MGSF claimed that it had given 20 days time despite of the government appeal to give 10 days’ time to explore the feasibility of implementing the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission for the Manipur government employees.

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Responding to a call by the employees’ federation, employees across Manipur took mass casual leave on Wednesday, mounting pressure on the state government to implement the enhanced rate of pay. Later, the state government asked the Federation to give it 10 days’ time to examine its demands.

Police had arrested five strikers, including a lady teacher. They were released yesterday.

Some of the departments failed to provide information on the number of employees working in the respective departments, the state government could not estimate the likely financial implication of implementation of enhanced pay, said a source.

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