Wednesday, October 5, 2022

DMC staff protest non-payment of salary

Staff Reporter

Submits memo & serves 10-day ultimatum on DMC

Dimapur Municipal Council (DMC) workers under the banner of DMC Employers Welfare Union (DMCEWU) on Monday staged protest at DMC office premises against non-payment of salary. The workers, holding placards, some of which read “No pay! No work”, “Feed us to feed you better service”, “No pay, No to public services” etc., later submitted a memorandum to DMC administrator Alber Ezung.
In the memorandum, the union served a 10-day ultimatum on DMC to redress its grievances, failing which the union would be compelled to launch “no work” protest till salary was paid.
Speaking to the media persons, DMCEWU president, T Revo Anar, informed that the protest was staged as DMC employers have not been paid salary since July. He claimed some of the employees along with their dependent family members were leading to starvation.
Anar explained that DMC was being managed by the government through its deputed administrative officer since 2010. Due to which, he said that the Central fund allocation earmarked for municipal body has not been paid. From the receipt derived from urban utility fee, house rent, trade licence fee and negligible amount from sanitary tax, the union said DMC has, however, been maintaining the establishment expenses having huge burden of salary of its 429 staff besides development of civic body.
Since the government banned DMC from collection of urban utility fee, the financial condition has been severely affected. The union said it had approached the responsible authority to allow collection of Utility Tax, but has not received any positive response.