DRDA employees lock offices over non-receipt of salary

DRDA employees lock offices over non-receipt of salary
(L-R) Offices of DRDA Kohima and Dimapur under lock. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA NOV 11 (NPN) | Publish Date: 11/11/2019 11:10:49 AM IST

Employees of District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) locked their offices in all 11 districts of the State on Monday. This comes after a gap of two months of their agitation, which was suspended after release of their salary till July this year.

According to reports, the employees decided to resume their stir by shutting down offices in their respective districts due to non-receipt of their salary.

One DRDA staff explained they resumed their agitation to press for clearing their pending salary and sought assurance from the department for regular payment of monthly salary.  

The employee said the DRDA staff had given enough time for the State government to release the remaining two months’ pending salary and had even warned of starting their agitation from November 10, if the salary was not released. However, having received no response from the department concerned on both the issues, he the employees were forced to resume their stir.

Another employee informed Nagaland Post that their strike would continue until the authorities released their pending salary and assured them in writing about timely release of their salary. He said the agitation would continue for an “indefinite period”.

After the government had released their salary till July and following an appeal from the rural development (RD) department to all the DRDA employees to call off their ongoing agitation, the stir was suspended from September 11.

Earlier, a representation was submitted to the government on August 9 appealing for immediate release of pending salary and timely payment of salary henceforth. Even last year, a representation was submitted to the government for immediate release of salary.

In a recent interview, RD principal secretary Bendangkokba spoke of the department’s inability to assist the DRDAs employees as it was a Central-sponsored scheme, explaining that DRDA was funded by the Union Ministry of Rural Development.

Meanwhile, Bendangkokba told this correspondent over telephone that the department had received the Central share, but the file for releasing the salary was under process with the planning department.


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