CPM reminds PM over 7th CPC promise in Manipur

A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured the people of Tripura that the BJP government was committed to implementing seventh pay commission scales if the party comes to power in the north eastern state, the Left Front hit back saying the BJP made a similar promise in Manipur before polls, but did not, subsequently, deliver on it.

During the election campaign, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had assured the people of the state that his party was committed to implementing the seventh pay commission if it came to power in Manipur.

On Friday, the CPM released a copy of a January 5 letter sent by the president of Manipur Government Services Federation (MGSF), M Rajendra Singh, to Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh. In his letter, the MGSF president has said government servants in Manipur will launch a "cease work strike" from February 27 unless the government issues relevant orders for the implementation of the seventh pay commission scales to government servants. The letter also questions the "sincerity of the government" on whether it has even started the process of rollout or finalised the constitution of the "Fitment Committee on December 14, 2016."

Only four pay commissions have been implemented till now and the state has been demanding seventh pay commission for long.

If the 7th Pay Commission recommendations are implemented, the state government will have to bear an additional burden of Rs 1700 crore. This matter did not reflect in the State budget 2018-19.

In Tripura, only the fourth commission pay scales have been implemented so far, an issue that the BJP has built into an election issue and promised to deliver seventh pay commission scales. In a state where the government is among the highest job generating agency, the lure of higher pay scales serves as a big pull for the state's employed as well as the job aspirants. Tripura has over 7 lakh educated unemployed, a figure, chief minister Manik Sarkar, had told TOI must be seen in the context of the rising problem of unemployment across the country.

On Thursday, the CPM had also moved the Election Commission against BJP's alleged "corrupt practises" in Tripura, charging the saffron party of releasing a booklet on the Seventh Pay Commission scales with a photograph of Tripura governor Tathagat Roy in it. Senior CPM leader Nilotpal Basu, while meeting the chief election commissioner Om Prakash Rawat, said that it was unacceptable and incorrect that the photo of a person occupying a Constitutional post was being circulated on BJP's campaign material.

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