BY OUR CORRESPONDENT
ITAGAR, Sept 1: Demanding enhancement in the retirement age from 58 to 60 years for the state government servants and immediate implementation of 7th Pay Commission in the state, the Confederation of Service Association of Aruchal Pradesh (CoSAAP) on Wednesday served a 30 day ultimatum to the government beginning September 1 next, seeking immediate fulfillment of its demands.
The association has decided to opt for a rigorous democratic movement and also an indefinite pen/tool down strike if its demands are not fulfilled within the prescribed deadline.
CoSAAP president Pate Marik said that despite several representations submitted to the state government in this regard, the authority concerned had always turned deaf towards them and has not taken any appropriate steps to settle the issue.
“The entire government servants of the state, irrespective of their desigtion had cast their votes in favor of the Congress government which let them come to power. Even the Congress in its election manifesto had mentioned about fulfilling our demands but governments have come and gone and nothing has been done for us till date,” lamented Marik.
Informing that out of 51,170 central government employees, the retirement age of 29,735 employees has been kept less than 56 years which shows that there is no uniformity, CoSAAP strongly demanded for implementation of fundamental rules (FR) 56 which states that every government employee will retire at the age of 60 years.
Also calling for total revocation of no objection certificate (NOC) for promotions, Marik alleged that the rule of obtaining NOCs for promotions has been made only to harass the employees and it is a tacit of the government to delay the procedures of retirement and promotion.
“In the me of encroachment of government land and destruction of government properties, the government employees, to get a promotions has been ordered to obtain an NOC from their respective DCs and Chief Executive Officers (CEO) irrespective of being tribal and non tribal,” informed Marik while adding that the move had badly affected the innocent employees on timely promotion and retirement.
The association was also of the opinion that the NOC if implemented should be issued by the specific vigilance department of the department concerned instead of the DC or CEO.
Further lamenting that the state government has been testing the patience of government employees for long, CoSAAP spokesperson Tage Grayu alleged that the state government has till date not even implemented the provision of granting education allowance to the employee’s children which all other central government employees of the country receives.
Grayu also went on to add that the Aruchal government does not even pay transport allowances, leave travel concession (LTC), medical reimbursement as per the medical attendance rule for the government employees in the state.
“Though the state government had constituted a committee to examine our pending issues on February last under the chairmanship of the home and vigilance principal secretary but the latter has not yet come with any conclusions yet,” informed the spokesperson.
Grayu further declared that in support of the central government employees tion-wide strike on September 2 next, the CoSAAP under the aegis of tion Joint Council of Action (NJCA) has decided to show its solidarity by wearing Black Badges while attending their offices and they would also sit for a peaceful banner display in from the Secretariat Gate from 11 am for an hour on the same day.