10th Oct 2018 10:10:PM State
Eastern Sentinel Arunachal News

ITANAGAR, Oct 10: Taking cognize of CoSAAP’s (Confederation of Service Associations of Arunachal Pradesh) proposed phase wise tools and pen down strike, The chief secretary on Wednesday announced that one-day salary will be deducted of those employees who are absent from duty during the day of protest.
In this connection, the CS directed all Heads of  Departments (HoDs) to suspend and initiate strict action against the officials who do not comply with the order under CCS (CCA) rules and other relevant Acts.
“It is factually incorrect to state that the state government has not taken a favourable decision on the pending grievances as in the cabinet meeting held on September 27, a decision in favour of the employees was taken,” the CS responding to CoSAAP statement that nothing concrete was done to resolve their demands said.
The CS said that the cabinet in the meeting noted that out of the precarious financial position of the state a majority portion of the total resources is being spent on salaries and wages, OE/OC, repair and maintenance, POL, etc, leaving hardly any fund for spending on infrastructural facilities on health, education, agriculture, etc.
In such a situation, the CS said that increasing demand of CoSAAP in respect of the grant of allowances as per the seventh  CPC recommendation will further deteriorate the financial position of the state and will leave the state with no funds even for implementing some ambitious projects announced in this year’s budget.Moreover, the CS said despite the heavy strain on the government exchequer, the recommendations of the seventh CPS with respect to salaries of employees were approved, increased retirement age from 58 to 60 years, demands for rent allowance (HRA) and tough location allowances (TLA) were accepted, created several posts in the APCS cadre for career progression, etc despite hue and cry from various quarters.

“The proposed pen & tools down strike if continued, may lead to total breakdown of the state machinery and will not only paralyze the government but also push the state back by several years as it will have a direct adverse impact on the economy, growth and development, the CS noted.
The CS affirmed that the arm-twisting act is once again threatening the growth and economy of the state and they cannot be allowed to hold the government to ransom.

CoSAAP meanwhile termed  their demands as constitutional right of every government employee.  Time and again, the state government has accepted the demands of CoSAAP as genuine and only turned down on the pretext of fund constraint.This is just a pressure tactics of authority to thwart the united democratic movement. The proposal of state Govt. to grant TLA in distorted and modified form has no basis and is not acceptable. And the HRA for group "C" employees only is a policy of divide and rule, it said in a release. We have given sufficient time to state government to address our demands but they have not taken any positive steps to settle the issues till date. Now, more than 70000 odd employees are united and such pressure tactics of authority will bring no solution, the CoSAAP asserted. 

Kenter Joya Riba

(Managing Editor)
      She is a graduate in Science with post graduation in Sociology from University of Pune. She has been in the media industry for nearly a decade. Before turning to print business, she has been associated with radio and television.
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