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M’laya employees threatens agitation on pay hike
Correspondent SHILLONG, JUL 28:
Published on 29 Jul. 2009 12:33 AM IST
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Government employees of Meghalaya on Tuesday have threatened to launch an agitation if the DD Lapang-led government fails to implement Fourth Pay Commission within July August 15. However, the State government had indicated that there would be a delay in implementing the recommendations of the Fourth Pay Commission due to the severe financial crunch. State Finance Minister Mukul M Sangma said that the Cabinet would examine the report of the Empowered Committee, constituted to study the Fourth Pay Commission recommendations, before taking a final decision on the implementation of the pay revision. The Empowered Committee will submit its report on the Pay Commission recommendations to the government by July 31. “We have decided to wait and watch till August 15. If the government fails to make publicly the final report, the Association has no other alternative ways, but to agitate,” the All Meghalaya Grade-IV Government Employees Association said. The association appealed to different service associations of the state government to support the grade IV association at any time of its agitation. The Meghalaya State Government Employees’ Federation (MSGEF) in a memorandum submitted to the Chief Minister earlier demanded immediate revision of the pay scale and pension benefits. The employees are demanding that a hike of 3.3 per cent on their basic pay. Moreover, pay revision must be undertaken retrospectively from January 1 2006, the MSGEF demanded. Last week, Chief Minister DD Lapang and his Cabinet colleagues had met Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and pleaded for Rs 562 crore grants from the Centre to implement the pay revision of the state government employees. The revision would cost the state exchequer an additional financial burden of over 560 crore for the 70,000 odd state government employees. “We held talks with the Finance Minister and made our submission,” the Chief Minister said.

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