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6th ROP faces flak
Published on 19 Nov. 2009 1:01 AM IST
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The state government’s announcement of 6th revision of pay (ROP) implementation with effect from April 1,2010 came in for criticism from the Nagaland government’s Nagaland Senior Government Employees’ Welfare Association (NSGEWA) who alleged it perpetrated “injustice and discrimination” amongst various categories of government employees. NSGEWA through its press secretary Medoselhou Wednesday said initially, the government employees heaved a sigh of relief over the announcement as prices of all commodities had shot up sky high and in the light of the central government having implemented the 6th ROP since 2006. However, the state governments announcement was “found to be full of injustice and discrimination” as it awarded 120% hike for those with Pay Band S-19 while only 15% for Pay Band S-9, showing a difference of 105%, it said. Further, NSGEWA said Pay Band S-18 which is just one step below Pay Band S-19 was awarded only 20% hike . Accusing the government’s Fitment Committee of discrimination, NSGEWA alleged that the committee members who decided on the hikes may have been employees under Pay Band S-19. Nominal increment was awarded to Grade-III and Grade –IV employees who remain the bulk of the government employees under Pay Bands S-1 and S-II, it said. While admitting that all different categories of employees cannot get the same flat rate of increment, NSGEWA however said the variation ought to have been reasonable and not discriminatory. Medoselhou opined that the hikes could have been in the margin of 100% for all categories and not as contrasting as the 120% hike for Pay Band S-19 while only 15% for Pay Band S-9 and S-8 and 18% for Pay Band S-18. He said the alleged discriminatory hikes led one to “judge how greedy and selfish” the Fitment Committee members were in working for themselves and top bureaucrats without considering the plight of Grade-II and Grade-IV employees. In the light of alleged discrimination in the hikes, NSGEWA said the state’s 6th ROP was “anti-poor and not acceptable”.

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