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7th Central Pay: JAC announces fresh stir

IMPHAL, Mar 21: Airing fresh voice against non-implementation of 7th Central Pay in Manipur, the Joint Administrative Council (JAC) of All Manipur Trade Unions’ Council (AMTUC) and All Manipur Government Employees’ Organisation (AMGEO) has announced to kickoff indefinite cease work strike from tomorrow, Thursday. 

On Wednesday, general secretary of JAC of AMTUC & AMGEO Biken Singh Loitonjam announced the decision during a press meet at the former’s office located at Babupara here. 

“We’ve been compelled to launch the fresh stir since the Manipur government has failed to fulfil its March 21 deadline promise,” Biken said while seeking cooperation from the public members in enforcing the stir.  

He said the JAC has long demanded implementation of 7th Pay and that the pressure was first put on the previous Congress government. “Now the BJP-led government is not paying heed to our demand.” 

All government departments, including the Manipur Secretariat, are likely to paralyse due to the stir. 

In October 2017, Chief Minister N Biren Singh had sought three months’ time to make a final and certain decision about the plan for implementation of recommendations of 7th Pay Commission for the state government employees. 

The apex body of government employees has time and again submitted a 20-point charter of demands to the state government. 

The state government has maintained that fulfilment of the demand of the JAC will bring a huge financial burden to the state’s coffer. Currently, Manipur has more than 74,000 government employees and therefore it will add additional burden of Rs 700 crore to the state exchequer, according to the state government. 

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