JAC spurns meeting missive, cites arrest bid

STAFF REPORTER IMPHAL, 12th Apr: Citing non-revocation of the warrant of arrest issued against leaders spearheading the on-going cease-work of employees under the government of Manipur as one of the reasons, JAC of AMTUC and AMGEO has declined formal invitation to hold talks with chief secretary Dr Suresh J Babu on the current issue.
According to JAC secretary general L Biken Singh, the invitation sent by the staff officer to chief secretary - Ph Bhavananda Sharma on April 11, to meet Dr Suresh at the latter’s office chamber would be waste of time as meetings over the said issue were also conducted at the level of the chief minister.
While stating that the JAC will not entertain meeting proposals, if any, with any bureaucrats other than the chief minister himself, Biken also opined that the invitation for deliberating over the issue of 7th Central Pay Commission with the chief secretary is clear indication that the government lacks sincerity to resolve the stalemate.
The government may prove its commitment by accepting JAC’s intimation for a joint meeting with the chief minister, chief secretary and other officials concerned on April 19 to iron out existing differences and address plight of the thousands of government employees, the secretary informed newspersons on Thursday.
He also demanded that the government must withdraw the show-cause notices sent to the JAC delegates and revoke the warrant of arrest served against the JAC functionaries ahead of the proposed April 19 meeting.
Another reason that Biken mentioned for JAC delegations deciding not to entertain the proposed meeting with the chief secretary was that the schedule collided with an emergency executive council meeting of the JAC.
He further stated that JAC will accept invitation for meeting only with the chief minister as all previous parleys on the issue had been with the chief minister along with recounting that JAC members discussed the said issue with the then chief secretary on January 20.
Moreover, JAC representatives held discussions over the 7th CPC issue with the chief minister for four times with the latest conducted on March 7, he said and reiterated that the government should demonstrate commitment towards bringing an early settlement to the issue by accepting the JAC’s proposal for a joint meeting on April 19.
On the other-hand, employees of different offices locating within the premises of Registrar of Cooperative Societies, Manipur staged sit-in protest in support of the JAC’s demand for implementing recommendation of the 7th CPC in Manipur.
One of the protesters told newspersons that the demand for hiking pay at par with the 7th CPC scale is not only justified but is the right of all employees who are contributing towards efficient administration.
They also pledged to back all movements launched by the JAC in pursuance of the demand.

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