Power employees continue to press for pay revision

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Imphal: Is the decision taken between the state government and employees on suspension of the indefinite cease work strike to issue an inappropriate order in connection with the demand for the implementation of 7th pay (ROP-2019)?

This question was raised by representative of employees of MSPDCL and Manipur State Power Company Limited (MSPCL) and Manipur State Power Distribution Company Limited (MSPDCL), Soram Sunnyboy while speaking to reporters on the 2nd day of sit-in protest, against non-revision of pay, staged in front of Power House, Keishampat junction, Imphal on Monday.

He said on December 31, last year secretariat power department signed by under secretary (power) Orjubala Haorongbam had issued an order with the subject “Implementation of 7th Manipur Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2019 to the employees of MSPCL/MSPDCL including employees of electricity department who are deputed to MSPCL/MSPDCL”.

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In the order it was mentioned to implement Manipur Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2019 in respect of employees of electricity department, who are on deputation to MSPCL and MSPDCL notionally with effect from January 1, 2016 actual implementation from April 1, 2019 and with cash payment from November 1, 2021 as per the decision taken by the Cabinet in its meeting held on September 4, 2021 and Manipur State Electricity Reforms Transfer Schemes, 2013.

It further mentioned that the arrears for the period from April 1, 2019 to October 31, 2021 shall be deposited into respective GPF accounts of the employees which cannot be withdrawable till one month before the retirement. However, for those employees covered under new Pension Scheme (renamed as National Pension System), arrears shall be released in three equal instalments, April 1, 2022; second on April 1, 2023; and third on April 1, 2024. Arrears for expired/ retired employees shall be paid on one-time instalment.

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The order is inappropriate as the order do not include for the employees of MSPCL and MSPDCL however it was mentioned in the issued government order. To include the employees of MSPCL and MSPDCL while implanting the 7th ROP, 2019 the sit-in was started on Sunday in front of Power House, Keishampat, Imphal, Sunnyboy said.

He said on September, 10 last year due to the indefinite cease work strike carried by the employees of power department people of the state including secretariat and VIP feeder had faced power outage. On the same day of with an emergency meeting state government and protestors had resolved for implementation of 7th ROP, 2019. With the agreement the indefinite cease work strike was suspended temporarily, he added.

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Later in the late evening , representatives of the employees of MSPCL and MSPDCL met state Bharatiya Janata Party president A. Sharda Devi and submitted a memorandum to reach Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be visiting Imphal on Tuesday.

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