In Mizoram, activities in government offices have come to a complete halt because government employees have started a three-day mass casual leave agitation, demanding implementation of the Central Government’s 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations in the State. Recently, the employees, under the banner of Federation of Mizoram Government Employees and Workers (FMGEW), had gone on a two-day pen down strike on November 22 and 23.
The current strike started yesterday and will continue till Friday. It has been reported that Finance Minister Lalsawta had appealed the FMGEW to call off the strike assuring the employees that the Government intended to implement the 7th Pay Commission recommendations but the employees still went ahead with the strike.
The Federation of Mizoram Government Employees and Workers stated that prices of essential commodities in the State are high as it is located in the easternmost part of the country. ‘When every neighbouring northeastern State is implementing the Seventh Pay Commission, we are feeling sorry that a mass casual leave is needed to urge the Government to implement the same.’
According to sources, State Finance officials shared that the 42,457 regular State Government employees would require an additional allocation of Rs 563 crore annually if the Pay Commission recommendations are implemented. They also stated that 36-37 per cent of the total State annual budget is used for paying the salaries of the employees. This expenditure does not however include the salaries of employees of Lai, Mara and Chakma autonomous district councils, teachers working in deficit schools and contract and muster roll workers.
Source: Assam Tribune and Silchar.com