State Govt accused of depriving own employees as CoSAAP announces phase-wise agitation

State Govt accused of depriving own employees as CoSAAP announces phase-wise agitation

| Staff REPORTER |

ITANAGAR, Oct 4: The Confederation of Service Associations of Arunachal Pradesh (CoSAAP) today announced to launch a series of non-cooperation movement against the State Govt, protesting the latter’s apathetic attitude towards redressing the grievances of State Govt employees, starting with a two-day pen & tool down strike (first phase) on October 11-12 next.

The employees’ apex body accused the State Govt of depriving own employees in giving the several allowances as per the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission at par with the AIS (All India Service) employees – thereby creating the sense of resentment, discrimination, deprivation and negligence amongst them.

Sharing the CoSAAP’s agitation programme, its president Pate Marik told the media persons that on several occasions it had appealed the State Govt to implement the allowances of 7th CPC at par with AIS employees but not a single initiative has been taken to fulfill our genuine demands.

This year alone, we have submitted memorandums on May 7, July 24 and August 24 warning of democratic movement yet the State Govt has not taken any favourable decision on the pending grievances, lamented the CoSAAP president.

The State Govt employees have been demanding the State Govt to provide them house rent allowance (HRA), tough location allowance (TLA), non-practicing allowance (NPA) for doctors, implement new TA/DA rules, immediately restore All India Medical Attendance Rules, children education allowance (CEA), transport allowance (TPTA), non-teaching allowance for teachers, allowances for all categories of nurses, uniform allowances for all uniformed personnel. They also insist the Govt either implement the NOC system for all citizens, not limiting to employees alone, or withdraw the system completely.

Accusing the State Govt of double standards on the issue of pay parity, CoSAAP spokesperson Tage Grayu said, “Govt has always made lame excuse of financial constraints when it is approached. But when it comes to salary increment of Ministers and MLAs there is no question of fund crunch.”

The CoSAAP president said, if the Govt fails to respond to our grievances after the first phase agitation we would go on with the 2nd phase four-day pen & tool down agitation from October 23 to 26 followed by indefinite strike (3rd phase) from November 8 till our demands are granted.

Seeking cooperation from all sections of employees to make its proposed stir heard by the Govt, Marik informed that during the non-cooperation movement the employees would attend to their respective offices/workplaces but will not discharge their duties.

However, the essential services like, milk van, water & electricity supply, sanitation, fire brigade, doctors and nurses in hospitals, State Transport services, police & magistrates on duty, drivers attached to VVIPs and Govt press will be exempted from the purview of the agitation. They will, however, attend their essential services duties by wearing black badges.

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