Normal work in the Manipur secretariat has been paralysed with the commencement of the cease-work strike of the employees.
Speaking to this IFP reporter, Manipur Secretariat Service Association (MSSA) president Purujit Lairikyengbam said that employees of the secretariat launched the cease work strike beginning from September 5 till Tuesday. As no positive response came forth from the government side despite a five-day ultimatum served by the aggrieved employees under the aegis of the Manipur Secretariat Services’ Association (MSSA), the cease work strike will continue until an amicable solution between government and employees was brought, Purujit said.
"We hoped today the chief minister will invite for settlement and negotiation but no invite came", he said.
Despite the deadline set by them to translate their prolonged demands into action, no positive response came forth from the government side, said Purujit adding, “We will not tolerate the government’s silence”.
The MSSA, on August 31, had served the ultimatum to the government to translate a nine-point charter of demands into work on or before September 5.
The demands included immediately discontinuing the engagement or re-engagement of retired employees and expediting the whole promotion process to immediately fill up all vacant posts. The association demanded that the government stop posting employees of secretariat services outside the state without any valid reason and demanded the cancellation of the order regarding the transfer of secretariat assistant (GAD) M Romen Singh to Manipur Bhawan, Kolkata.
It also demanded a grade pay at the rate Rs 1,800 in respect to group-D secretariat employees as well as a grade pay in respect of the post of caretaker at the rate Rs 4,200, Rs 4,600 and Rs 4,800 for ASO/SO and PS respectively.
The association also demanded issuing orders on payment of DA at the rate of Central government with effect from January 2023 as agreed upon. While demanding to scrap of the National Pension Scheme (NPS), the association appealed to the state government to release or clear all the retirement benefits and pensions for the employees who retired on superannuation.