Employees skip work to demand pay hike

STAFF REPORTER IMPHAL, 25th Oct: The state secretariat office here wore a deserted look on Wednesday as government employees carried out a mass casual leave stir under the aegis of Manipur Government Services Federation (MGSF) in pursuance of their demand for implementation of 7th Central Pay Commission.

Except for secretaries and joint secretaries, other staff in both old and new secretariat office did not turn up for duty. Ministerial staff of the state government also joined the mass casual leave stir, which affected routine works of the government.

Similar situations were also witnessed in offices of other departments. The otherwise busy office of the Directorate of Transport also donned a deserted look. Apart from top officials, most of the employees of offices of veterinary, horticulture and agriculture did not report for duty.

Government school teachers also joined the stir demanding implementation of 7th CPC consequently affecting conduct of normal classes in government schools.

Mention may be made that chief secretary RR Rashmi had informed the federation on Tuesday that the Fitment Committee is working on the modalities of implementing the 7th CPC while appealing to the federation to suspend the mass casual leave stir.

Meanwhile, expressing regret over its inability to suspend the stir due to late communication sent by the government, MGSF has informed that it has postponed the proposed cease work strike.

The ceasework agitation was earlier scheduled to begin from November 2.

Expressing hope that Fitment Committee could submit is report within 10 days as mentioned, the federation, in a statement, informed that it would give another grace period of 10 days for the committee to finalise the modalities.

Our correspondent reported that government offices in Jiribam district too were affected badly due to mass casual leave taken by employees Wednesday in demand for implementation
of 7th Central Pay Commission.

Government Employees’ Union Jiribam secretary Sarat Thokchom informed that a meeting of the union held on October 23 resolved to endorse the mass causal leave. Except for employees of Jiribam Municipality and electricity department, employees of other departments including education department took part in the stir.

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