Imphal: The All Manipur Government Driver’s and Technicians’ Association (AMGDTA) has warned of launching various forms of intense agitation from the month of May if the State Government does not fulfill its long standing demands within this month.
The demands include three tier system in 20 years of service for the nomenclature post of driver’s non-functional pay against the present two tier system (10 years & 20 years), service security and regularisation of Work-Charge and Muster Roll Drivers who have worked for more than ten years and similar Grade Pay for Group III and Group C employees.
Addressing a press meet at Manipur Press Club on Saturday, AMGDTA Working President K. Ibomcha Sharma informed that in order to press the demands, the association had called an emergency meeting on August 25, 2019 at the Conference Hall of RD&PR Porompat wherein it was resolved to wear black badge during their duty as a mark of protest for ten days.
He said that the association had also resolved to submit an ultimatum to the Chief Minister and the then Chief Secretary Dr Suresh Babu, cautioning to take mass casual leave for one day to be followed by a sit-in-protest from the next day if the government continued to remain silent on the demands.
He said that acting on the ultimatum, the then Chief Secretary had a meeting with the representatives of the association in which Dr. Suresh Babu assured that he will consult with the Chief Minister soon after which the association retracted its decision of staging protests. However, government drivers and technicians continued to wear black badge during their duty
He said that while waiting for the response of the government one year has been passed due to the Covid-19 induced lockdown imposed in the State.
Tombi further said that the association through the media had expressed gratitude to the Chief Minister and the Chief Secretary for assuring that all the demands will be met along with the implementation of 7th Pay. Unfortunately, no action has been taken up to do the needful, he lamented.
He reminded that the matter was put up by Thangmeiband AC MLA Kh Joykisan during the State Assembly session on February 22 last.
He said that AMGDTA was left with no choice but to take up various modes of intense agitation from May in case the demands are not fulfilled by the government within this month.