NPMSA launches pen down strike; Govt appeals to call off stir

NPMSA launches pen down strike; Govt appeals to call off stir

Kohima, July 16: The Nagaland Planning Machinery Service Association (NPMSA) today launched its first phase of agitation in the form of pen down strike in protest against the non-fulfillment of its demands by the State Government.
The members of the association attended regular office but did not carry out any official work bringing the planning department to a standstill in the State.
NPMSA is on a phase-wise agitation demanding the State Government to remove or expunge the post of OSD (Skill Development) from the cadre post of the Nagaland Planning Machinery Service Rule, 2019.
NPMSA through a memorandum submitted to the Chief Secretary on July 9 last had set July 12 as the dateline for fulfillment of its demand. However, as the Government failed to respond positively and coupled with the fruitless discussion with Chief Secretary at his chamber in Secretariat on Monday, NPMSA had announced that they would launch the first phase of agitation from today till July 18.
Nonetheless, as has been usual practice of the Nagaland Government to respond to memorandum and ultimatums of aggrieved bodies only after the launch of agitation, the State Government through the Chief Secretary, Temjen Toy gave a written assurance to the association today.
The Chief Secretary in a letter addressed to the NPMSA stated that “the NPMSA representation is under active consideration of the Government. The matter will be taken up at the earliest in the next Cabinet meeting. The grievances of the association have been taken into account and all steps will be taken to ensure that the service interests of the members are not put to a disadvantageous position.” The CS therefore requested the NPMSA to call off their pen down strike.
NPMSA officials said that through the letter was signed on Monday by the Chief Secretary, they received it only today.
In this regard, NPMSA has convened an emergency meeting at 11 am on July 17 to decide whether to suspend/call off the ongoing agitation.
(Page News Service)