Imphal: Denouncing the government’s failure to enforce 7th Pay for electricity employees of the State despite making repeated pleas, members of Manipur Electricity Employees’ Union (MEEU) staged a sit-in-protest at the office of Manipur State Power Corporation Limited (MSPCL), Keishampat on Friday.
Speaking to media persons, MEEU President RK Shivchandra said that there is a need to discuss with Chief Minister N Biren and Works Minister Th Biswajit on the difficulties being faced by the Electricity Department and means to overcome it.
He said that the protest was held as a reminder to the government on its demands including implementation of 7th Pay Revision (ROP 2019) for employees of MSPCL, MSPDCL and EDM, regular release of monthly salary within a week of one month, retirement benefits for Social Security Scheme (SSS) employees.
He said that electricity employees have been working round the clock even in harsh weather considering that electricity is an essential service but sadly the government has been paying salary of the employees for every three months despite witnessing considerable improvement of power supply in the State in the last few years.
General Secretary of MEEU General Secretary T.Shyamnagor reminded that the union had submitted memorandums to the government multiple times demanding fulfillment of the demands at the earliest but the pleas fell on deaf ears of the government despite giving assurance to do so.
Conveying that sit-in-protest will be held for two days to press the demands, he threatened to close prepaid counters and launch a cease work strike which will lead to shutdown of electricity in the State in case the government does not meet the demands at the earliest.