Major showdown on cards between State Govt, agitating CoSAAP

Major showdown on cards between State Govt, agitating CoSAAP

ITANAGAR, Oct 10: With the Confederation of Services Associations of Arunachal Pradesh (CoSAAP) maintaining firm stand to go with its proposed two-day pen & tool down (first phase) agitation starting tomorrow, a major showdown between the State Govt and its employees on the cards as the ruling side today warned of deducting salary besides initiating disciplinary action against those State Govt employees whoever partakes in the agitation.

“It is hereby ordered that if such pen/tool down strike is observed by the members of CoSAAP as proposed from 11th of October 2018, then it shall be treated as illegal and dealt as per the extant law and rules of the Government. The respective HoDs shall take all necessary steps as deemed fit to restore public order and shall take strict action against the employees violating this order as deemed fit including the directions of the Cabinet and according to the extant law at all levels.

The State Cabinet, in its meeting on October 8, decided that all the HoDs should be directed to deduct one day salary in respect of all those employees who have been on pen down strike on that particular day. In respect of employees going on pen down strike on second day, the HoDs should take action treating such period of pen/tool down as dies-non (a day, which cannot be treated as duty for any purpose). In respect of employees who do not comply with Govt order even on 3rd day and observe pen down strike, the HoDs should immediately suspend such officials and initiate major penalty proceedings against them.

“It is further ordered that, since the proposed pen/tool down agitation amounts to strike within the definition of ‘strike’ as per Rule 7 (ii) of CC (Conduct) Rules 1964, act of any employee taking part in the pen/tool down strike shall be in gross contravention with CCS (Conduct) Rules and such employees shall be liable for disciplinary proceedings under CCS (CCA) Rules and other relevant Act/Rules,” it was stated in an ‘order’ issued by Azimul Haque, Secretary to GoAP.

Citing the State’s “precarious” financial health towards meeting the CoSAAP’s demands for grant of allowances as per 7th CPC recommendations, the Secretary said, the State Cabinet observed that the increasing demand from CoSAAP in respect of grant of allowances as per the 7th CPC recommendations is going to further deteriorate the financial position of the State and will leave no funds even for implementing some very important and ambitious schemes/projects announced in the budget for the FY 2018-19.

While acknowledging that the Govt had decided to implement the recommendations of 7th CPC in respect of employees’ salaries “despite heavy strain on the Govt exchequer”, the Cabinet also noted that the recommendations of the 7th CPC have not been implemented in most of the states in the country and especially in the NE Region. In fact, implementation of allowances as per the 7th CPC recommendation in the NE states except in Sikkim is “a far-fetched dream”.

The Cabinet, keeping very sympathetic view towards members of the Confederation in spite of the fact that the decision shall involve an estimated financial implication of approximately Rs 90 crore per annum, has decided house rent allowance (HRA) shall be given at 8% of the present basic pay to Group-C employees “only” as per the recommendations of the 7th CPC (in case of both working spouses – only one HRA shall be claimed)….The Group A and Group B employees shall continue to get HRA @ 10% of their old basic pay as per 6th CPC. Regarding tough location allowance (TLA), the Secretary informed that it shall be increased by Rs 1000 for the employees posted in ‘hard’ area as defined by the Govt and Rs 500 for the employees posted in ‘soft’ areas as defined by the Govt.

Meanwhile, strongly reacting to Govt’s caveat of initiating disciplinary proceedings against non-cooperating employees, a defiant CoSAAP said it’s “a pressure tactic” of the authority to thwart our democratic movement for our genuine demands.

“We are very much united…will go ahead with our agitation. We are only demanding for benefits entitled to us,” said CoSAAP general secretary Gonya Riba. “We have given sufficient time to State Govt to address our demands but they have not taken any positive steps to settle the issues till date.”

He added, “The proposal of State Govt to grant TLA in distorted and modified form has no basis and is not acceptable. And the HRA for group “C” employees only is a policy of divide and rule.”

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