Manipur government employees’ body announces indefinite cease-work strike

Manipur Government Services’ Federation (MGSF) has Sunday announced an indefinite cease-work from February 27 to protest delay in the implementation of 7th Pay Commission.

A general body meeting of MGSF unanimously reaffirmed to launch cease-work strike from February 27 until the implementation of 7th Pay Commission order is issued.

MGSF, in a statement signed by its general secretary Purujit Lairikyengbam claimed that the general body meeting was attended by “all employees’ leaders from all government departments.”
During the proposed cease-work strike, education departments (teaching and non-teaching staff) will be exempted from the strike in view of human resource development and examinations going on, the statement added.

MGSF is a body of government employees spearheading the demand for implementation of pay structures recommended by the 7th Pay Commission in the state.

Although it was the previous Congress government which gave in-principle consent to implement the 7th Pay, the present BJP led coalition government also promised to implement the 7th Pay in case they are elected to power.

Present chief minister N Biren Singh, during a meeting with MGSF representatives on November 14 last year, had given a hint of his willingness to implement the 7th Pay.

The associations had earlier launched strikes like taking mass casual leave and cease-work strikes. However, they suspended after agreements were reached with the government.
Following the agreements, the state government constituted a fitment committee to look into the demand of implementing the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission in the state.
The fitment committee had collected proposals/reports from almost all the departments under the state government.

However, the federation and other bodies of government employees like Joint Administrative Council (JAC) of AMTUC and AMGEO have expressed strong resentment as there was no provision for implementation of the 7th Pay Commission in the budget estimate 2018-19 of Manipur government which was passed during the recently concluded budget session.

Recently, the federation had served an ultimatum to the government to consider its demand within a stipulated time.

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