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Strike affects water supply in Manipur
Correspondent IMPHAL, MAR 13
Published on 14 Mar. 2010 12:11 AM IST
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Supply of safe drinking water in Manipur was severely affected on Saturday as water supply closed down with the employees of the Public Health Engineering Department (PHED) joining the cease work strike launched by the employees of the Manipur government. Defying the ban imposed on strike in the essential service sectors under the Manipur government, PHED employees joined the cease work strike from Saturday. Employees of the Manipur are on cease works strike for the last 52 days demanding revised sixth pay bands recommended by the Sixth Pay Commission in toto effective from January 2006 under the banner of the Joint Administrative Council (JAC) of All Manipur Trade Unions Council (AMTUC) and All Manipur Government Employees Organisation (AMGEO). The strike commenced from January 16 last. The Manipur attempt to bring an end to the deadlock with the JAC compelled the PHED employees to join the cease work despite the ban imposed, according to the employees of the department. The suspension supply of water caused severe difficulties to the people particularly residing in the Imphal city areas. Salma, a housewife resident of Paona Bazar said with no water supply she had to purchase untreated water from the potters who collect water from the Kangla pat. Hotel and eateries in the city area also expressed concern over the stoppage of supply of safe drinking as they were compelled to supply unsafe water to the customers. “We have no alternative other than to serve customers with unsafe water as it will not be possible to supply boiled water to all customers”, Babu running a hotel at Thangal Bazar said.

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