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DIPR joins employees cease work in Manipur
Correspondent IMPHAL, Feb 8:
Published on 8 Feb. 2010 11:57 PM IST
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Employees of the State Information and Public Relation Department stopped work from Monday to join the cease work strike of the employees of the Manipur government demanding in toto implementation of the revised sixth pay bands of the central government in the state. The cease work was launched under the initiative of the Joint Administrative Council (JAC) of All Manipur Trade Union Council (AMTUC) and All Manipur Government Employees Organisation (AMGEO), employees of the DIPR also staged a sit-in protest today at its office premise at Moirangkhom, Imphal. Office rooms were also locked by the employees. “The agitation of the JAC is reasonable and the demands are rightful one. We will extend support and during the strike period we will not dispatch any kinds of statement or order issued by the departments of the state government,” said an employee taking part in the protest. The joining of DIPR in the cease work strike will greatly affect highlighting of government activities to the people through media, employees taking part in the sit-in protest during the office hour claimed. Meanwhile, work in offices and departments of the state government continue to be paralyzed for 24th day today. The cease-work strike commenced from January 16 under the banner of JAC of AMTUC and AMGEO. Employees rejecting government order to pay the sixth revised pay bands as per recommendation of the sixth Pay Commission effective from coming April without arrears, decided to go ahead with the cease work strike till their demands are fulfilled by the government. They are demanding payments of arrears effective from January 1, 2006 stating that an amount of Rs 234.53 crore for increment of pays for pensioners and employees had already sanctioned under advanced SPA by the Centre to the state government. The JAC claimed that a total amount of Rs 2000 crore, including Rs 234.53 crore for pay increment, was sanctioned as per an agreement between the state government and Deputy Planning Commission on 19-8-09 for advance payment from November 2009 till March 2010.

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