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Call off stir or face action, Nagaland Govt tells agitating staff

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Dimapur, December 4: Nagaland Government today asked the agitating Joint Association Forum to immediately call off the agitation and resume work and warned that action will be initiated against each erring employee individually, if they fail to resume work
The government also issued an Office Memorandum to all Directorate and districts directing them to send reports on individual absentees to the Secretary P&AR.
Briefing DIPR officials today, Nagaland Chief Secretary, Temjen Toy IAS that the demands made by the Joint Association Forum (NDMA, ANDMSA, TNAI and PSAN) is being duly examined by the Government. However, he said the demands could not be acceded to due to certain factors.
The Chief Secretary stated that the state Government had constituted the Pay Anomalies Committee to examine anomalies, if any, arising out of the of the Nagaland Services (Revision of Pay) Rules, 2017 only.
He said subsequent to perusal of the Pay Anomalies Committee’s report, it was observed that though no anomalies per se were directly caused by the said Revision of Pay Rules, the Committee concerned had recommended, in the interest of rationalization of pay-scales in certain cases, for the up gradation to higher pay-levels in respect of some categories of employees.
He further stated that the Revision of Pay Rules of 1984 and 1993 had granted pay-scales, higher than the corresponding ones, to a limited category of employees and this included many of the group of employees for whom pay-up gradations had again been recommended by the Pay Anomalies Committee.
In the case of those employees, recommended by the Pay Anomalies Committee for pay upgradation and were not given higher than corresponding pay scales in the previous ROPs, they were not subjected to any disadvantages at any stage, inclusive of the ROP Rules, 2017, he added.
As such, he said upgradation to higher pay scales as recommended by the Pay Anomalies Committee cannot be accepted as it will amount to giving preferential treatment to a group of employees.
The Chief Secretary explained that if any category of employee have been subjected to any disadvantages with reference to their equal rank employees in the matter of pay-scales in the past, such cases may be specifically projected to the Government for consideration.
He asserted that while every Association has the right to voice their grievances in a constitutional and procedural manner, the Government would not tolerate such agitation by a section of employees as is being presently resorted to by the JAF.
He remarked that it is unfortunate that Government employees have gotten into the habit of only demanding their so called rights, whereas their behavior and performance as worthy Government employees have been pathetic.
He lamented that the patience and leniency shown by the Government has been misinterpreted by its employees as impotence or lack of will to take appropriate action.
He said that the Government after exhausting its patience would be compelled to take the strongest action as the demands made by the Forum are not justified, unreasonable and amounts to demanding preferential treatment.
He went on to say that there are many efficient unemployed youths who can deliver and perform better than many of the deadwood who are presently serving in the Government.
The Forum has been demanding implementation of the recommendations of the Revision of Pay Anomalies Committee for the employees by the Nagaland government.
It began indefinite agitation on December 2, paralysing functioning of the state government offices across Nagaland.
(Page News Service)

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