From Our Correspondent
Itagar, Nov 9: The Confederation of Service Association of Aruchal Pradesh (CoSAAP) has reacted strongly to the decision taken by Adhoc Committee of State Legislative Assembly which was formed to examine the grievances of Former Legislator’s Welfare Association (FLWA) for enhancing the pension amount of Ex MLAs from Rs 20,000 to Rs 100,000 and medical allowances from Rs 5000 to Rs 50,000.
CoSAAP President Pate Marik expressed disappointment that while the long felt demand of the state government employees was pushed aside considering the by-election, the committee for Ex-MLAs have gone ahead and come up with a decision which shows the discrimitory approach of the government.
“The decision was taken while there is modal code of conduct imposed in the State for the by-election,” he said adding, “If the decision of the Adhoc committee is accepted, the State government will have to accept our demand as well.” “If the model code of conduct works for us, why not for them?” he questioned the Chief Secretary. Also criticizing on the pattern of the enhancement saying it is more than 50 percent of the actual amount, Marik wanted to know on what basis the hikes were made.
“While the medical allowance of the government employees increased from Rs 300 to Rs 500 only in November last year, it has gone from Rs 5000 to Rs 50,000 for the former legislators, which is ucceptable.
Ours is a government which works only for classified people while depriving needy people,” he condemned. “But if the decision has to be accepted by the State government, we demand that the hike is equal for everyone and not only the ex-legislators,” he demanded.