DRDA employees to begin pen-down strike from today

Correspondent KOHIMA, AUG 22 (NPN) | Publish Date: 8/22/2019 11:56:17 AM IST

Employees of District Rural Development Agencies (DRDA) in 11 districts of the State will go ahead with their scheduled pen-down strike from Friday in protest against non-payment of their salary for several months. 

DRDA project directors (PDs) had a meeting with rural development (RD) minister Metsubo Jamir and other senior officials of the department on Thursday, but the PDs later declared that they were not satisfied with the meeting’s outcome as they were given only verbal assurance, adding they would go ahead with the agitation. Sources in the RD department confirmed that a coordination meeting was held between the minister and the PDS in the presence of RD principal secretary and secretary & commissioner (MGNREGA) and director at the conference hall of the RD directorate here on Thursday. 

During the meeting, Jamir is said to have apprised the gathering about the initiatives and actions taken by the department in its effort to resolve the issue. He is travelling to New Delhi next week to apprise and seek support from the Union RD ministry for the State. The minister claimed that the process of releasing part salary of DRDA employees had been initiated and that the file was with the government now. Restructuring of DRDA and redeployment of employees were other subjects discussed at the meeting, sources added.  

While appreciating the gesture of the minister and officials in taking up the matter seriously, sources said the PDs reiterated their core demand for release of salary and declared that their stir would till their bona fide demand was met. In their earlier phase of agitation, the DRDA employees had worn black arm bands and hosted black flags in their respective district offices. The pen-down strike that will begin on Friday will continue till August 30.


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