Government work paralyzed due to employee strike

Imphal, Jan 18 : Works in the government offices came to a standstill yesterday, following a stir by the employees.

The All Manipur Government Higher Secondary Lecturers’ Welfare Association and medical staff had also joined the strike.

The state government employees under the banners of Joint Administrative Council (JAC) of All Manipur Trade Union Council (AMTUC) and All Manipur Government Employees Organisation (AMGEO) were demanding implementation of the Sixth Central Pay Commission recommendation.

Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh had already stated that the government had no resources to pay the employees and they will have to wait until the implementation of the 13th Finance Commission.

Members of the Finance Commission are expected to come to Manipur next week.
Works had been seriously affected in most government offices. The employees were also demanding merger of 50 per cent DA/DR with basic pay along with rectification of pay anomalies.

It also demanded the restoration of ‘Died-in-Harness Scheme’ and fixation of minimum wages based on the Consumer’s Price Index 2007, along with payment of arrears and Variable Dearness Allowances (VDA).

Facilities like duty allowance, messing allowance and TA should be given to the homeguards of Manipur Ad-hoc employees, the JAC said.

The JAC had also asked for fixing the retirement age at 60 instead of 59 in line with the Central government Employees’ scheme. Finance panel visiting Nagaland
Meanwhile, the Chairman and members of 13th Finance Commission will visit Nagaland for three days from January 19, official sources said here on Friday.

The commission members will visit Kigwema near here and Medziphema under Dimapur district besides holding a series of meetings with State Government officials, political parties and local urban body representatives.

A special handloom Expo 2009 is also being organised by state department of industries and commerce coinciding with the visit of the commission members at Heritage bunglow here.

Chief secretary Lalhuma yesterday reviewed the programme and arrangement for the visit of the Finance Commission members to the state.

The meeting also reviewed the security arrangement for the visiting team, the sources said. (Agencies)