Secretariat employees call off idefinite cease work strikee, 53 protestors released unconditionally

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Imphal: The indefinite cease work strike of secretariat employees under the umbrella of Manipur Secretariat Services Association (MSSA) has been called off with the signing of a 10 points of agreement with the state government with immediate effect.

The employees were demanding 9 points charter of demands that included to cancel the order number ESTT-201/148/2020-GAD-GAD, dated 02/08/2022 about the transfer/ utilisation of secretariat assistant (GAD), M. Romen Singh to Manipur Bhawan, Kolkata.

To pay the grade pay at the rate Rs 1,800 in respect to group-D secretariat employees; to pay the grade pay in respect of the post of caretaker at the rate Rs 4,200; to pay the grade pays in respect of ASO/SO and PS at the rate Rs 4,600 and Rs 4,800 respectively; to issue orders on payment of DA at the rate of Central government with effect from January 2023 as agreed upon; to immediately discontinue the engagement / re engagement of retired employees; to expedite the whole promotion process to immediately fill-up all vacant posts; and to immediately release/clear all the retirement benefits and pension and to scrap the National Pension Scheme (NPS) were other demands.

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In connection with the demands MSSA had submitted a memorandum to the chief minister and with the failure to give back positive response from the government MSSA launched the indefinite cease work strike since September 5.

In continuation of the strike the employees staged sit-in-protest at the secretariat campus where on Thursday a team of police including SP, Imphal West, Ksh. Shivakanta detained a total of 53 protestors from secretariat office, Babupara, here.

The detainees were carried to Sajiwa jai. Due to absence of warrant issue the detainees were kept in front of Sajiwa jail till late evening.

The MSSA held a meeting with consumer affairs food and public distribution (CAF and PD) minister L. Susindro Meitei at his office chamber, Babupara.

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During the meeting the demands raised by the association were deliberated upon in detail in the presence of special secretary (DP), secretary (GAD), additional secretary (FD), joint secretary (DP), joint secretary (FD/PIC).

Both sides agreed to sign a 10-point memorandum of understanding (MoU). The MoU was jointly signed by president, MSSA, Purujit Larikyengbam; general secretary MSSA, S Rabi Singh; joint secretary, FD/PIC, Regina Hongray; special secretary/ DP, N. Geoffrey and secretary, GAD, A. Michael.

The MOU included the proposal for upgradation of grade pay to Rs 1800 in respect of Group D secretariat employees to be examined along with those of all other Group D employees of the state government; GAD will initiate steps for amendment of service rules in respect of the post of caretaker of GAD; the matter for upgradation of Grade Pays in respect of A.S.O./S.O./ P.S. will be examined further;  FD/PIC will take steps regarding payment of DA at the central government rates as per decision taken earlier; government has already discontinued engagement / re-engagement of retired employees except under exceptional circumstances;  to drop the demand at agenda number 7 (to expedite the whole promotion process to immediately fill-up all vacant posts) as the matter is sub-judice; finance department is already processing for adoption of the Central Civil Services (Implementation of National Pension Scheme) Rules, 2021; the concern of the association regarding demand at agenda no. 1 was noted; the state government will release the strikers immediately and the association agreed to call off the ongoing cease work strike with immediate effect.

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With the signing of the MoU the detainees were released unconditionally in the late evening on the same day.

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