DRDA employees begin total shutdown of offices

Correspondent KOHIMA, SEP 7 (NPN) | Publish Date: 9/7/2019 10:40:13 AM IST
As part of fourth phase of agitation, the aggrieved employees of District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) on Saturday resorted to total closure of DRDA offices across the state over the failure of the government to release their pending salary.
Total closure of all the DRDA offices is likely to paralyze the whole machinery under DRDA. 
One of the DRDA project directors said Management Information System (MIS) would be affected severely. It would trigger down to BDOs and VDBs would also be affected, project director said.
Following the total shutdown of the DRDA offices, around 1200 villages under DRDA were likely to be affected severely, while most of the files and grant-in-aid of VDBs are also pending due to the ongoing agitation.
In the third phase of agitation, the employees went on a mass casual leave from September 2-6, 2019.
In the event of the failure of the department to respond positively to their rights and entitlements, the DRDA employees, in a representation, cautioned that they would take appropriate measures that could include “seeking for interventions from higher Authority or resorting to legal recourse(s) as guaranteed by Industrial Disputes Act of 1947 or any other as deemed appropriate, for which we should not be held responsible”.
According to reliable sources, the government has assured to clear salary till July and requested the DRDA employees to call off the agitation.
However, one of the PDs said that only verbal assurance was given and demanded official communication.
The officer said that the employees would continue the agitation till the department offer official communication.
RD principal secretary Bendangkokba confirmed that directorate would clear the pending salary by next week.
On timely payment of monthly salary, he said the department would submit a proposal to the state government and work it out.


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