JAC urges State govt. to prioritise employees’ demandsIMPHAL | Aug 25
Joint Administrative Council (JAC) of All Manipur Trade Unions’ Council (AMTUC) and All Manipur Government Employees’ Organisation (AMGEO) has urged the State government to bring their demands on the floor of the two-day 8th Monsoon Session of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly scheduled to commence from tomorrow.
Secretary general of JAC of AMTUC and AMGEO, Laitonjam Biken stated during a press conference held today at its head office located at Babupara, near guest house.
He said a special general body meeting will be organised on August 30 at G.M. Hall to discuss some agendas especially follow up actions and the 22 points of charter of demands regarding the improper implementation of 7th CPC in government order number 1/10/2018-FD (PIC) dated July 11, 2019 of Manipur Service Revised Pay Rules 2019 issued under the State Finance department.
He said the council has been demanding the fulfilment of their 22 points charter of demands including implementation of 7th central pay commission (CPC) with retrospective effect from January 1, 2016 with arrears. But due to some unavoidable circumstances the council had prioritised on the 12 points, he continued while urging the 60 MLAs to discuss the demands during the monsoon assembly session and to bring an amicable solution.
The prioritised demands also include adoption of the 7th CPC in toto with retrospective effect from January 1, 2016. During the 5th round talk between representatives of the council and chief minister, N. Biren had provided assurance to the council to review the government order released on October 18 last year. Immediate payment of all due DA or DR which was 19 percent has increased to 24 percent from July 1, said Biken.
While urging the ruling and opposition parties to discuss the issue establishment of staff selection commission while recruiting group III employees, he added that Secretariat duty allowance in respect to secretariat employees and other departments especially revenue department (district administration), CAF and PD department respectively should be paid at the rate of 10 percent of corresponding basic pay. Pay anomalies can be addressed if the 7th CPC is implemented in toto rectification. Revision of minimum wages as the current minimum wages is out-dated as schedule and unscheduled employees cannot afford their family with the current minimum wages, he added
For schedule employees in organised sectors, minimum wages of skilled labour is Rs. 274 per day; semi-skilled labour is Rs. 248 per day and unskilled labour is Rs. 225 per day. On the other hand for non-scheduled employees in un-organised sectors minimum wages of skilled labour is Rs. 273 per day; semi-skilled labour is Rs. 248 per day and unskilled labour is Rs. 225 per day. The minimum wages mentioned is given under rate per day of existing minimum wages of schedule employees and non-schedule employees under State labour department vide notification date December 27, 2016 and finance department (PIC)’S order dated January 1, 2017.
The demands also include clearing all pending appointment under the die-in-harness scheme to translate it with full compensation. Biken said some of the post has been filled up but he still urged to fill all the vacant post under the scheme, and to stop all form of services extensions, engagement, re-engagement of retired employees against government of India office memorandum number 26012/6/2002-Estt (A) dated December 9, 2002.
He said council prioritized to stop service extension as it will help the educated unemployed youths to get jobs in government sectors.
He said for central pensioners’, employees and family employees’ medical allowance has increased to Rs. 1000 whereas the council has been demanding to increase the medic allowance for such section of employees from Rs. 300 to Rs. 500 per month.
Biken further stated that general council meeting of the Council conducted on August 10 resolve that the council strongly condemned Manipur Services (Revised Pay) Rules (ROP), 2019. He urged both the ruling and opposition parties to discuss the prioritised 12 points.
If the government failed to bring an amicable solution in the monsoon assembly session regarding the demands of the council the special general body meeting of August 30 might take steps to launch resumed indefinite cease work strike, he cautioned.
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