GoAP puts its foot down on CoSAAP’s rigid stand: CS

*Stir declared illegal, strict disciplinary actions, including suspension notified

CoSAAP terms GoAP

move pressure tactic

ITANAGAR, Oct 10: The CoSAAP, reacting to declaration of its non-cooperation democratic movement by the GoAP as illegal through a press conference on Wednesday, termed it “just a pressure tactics of authority to thwart the united democratic movement on genuine demands”.

While the GoAP has threatened to take disciplinary action against the employees who observe ‘pen and tool down’ stir on October 11 & 12 to support movement, CoSAAP said that its demands are not new ones but constitutional rights of every Govt. employee. Time and again, the GoAP authorities have accepted CoSAAP demands as genuine but turned down recently in the pretext of fund constraint.

The GoAP proposal to grant TLA in distorted and modified form has no basis and unacceptable while HRA for group “C” employees only is divide and rule policy.

“We have given sufficient time to GoAP to address our demands, but no positive steps have been takne to settle the issues till date. Now, 70000-odd employees are united and such pressure tactics of authority will bring no solution.” CoSAAP said in a release.

APCC supports demand for 7thCPC  

ITANAGAR, Oct 10: The APCC chief Takam Sanjoy, in a statement on Wednesday, demanded to implement  7thCPC  recommendations in toto and charged the GoAP for delaying the issue.

If 5thCPC and 6thCPC were implemented in toto by the GoAP then why delay, he asked, adding   “formation of two committees headed by Abdul Basit and other panel headed by development commissioner (finance & planning)” aimed at buying time at the loss of the employees, who are constitutionally entitled for 7thCPC.

The state inherited governance system from UT days with all central benefits for its employees while state pay structure was not evolved even after attaining statehood. As no state Govt could undo what has been implemented and present Govt has to honour 7thCPC, an outcome of Parliament Act, through Cabinet decision.

While supporting demands of the GoAP employees, the APCC also charged the GoAP for its failure to disburse salaries of SSA, RMSA, DRDA, anganwadi employees due to timely networking with the GoI.

By A O News Service

ITANAGAR, Oct 10: Chief secretary Satya Gopal on Wednesday announced CoSSAP’s move to go ‘pen/tools down’ stir by rejecting the offers of the Govt on their demands as illegal and notified action against the defaulters reflecting political will of the ruling GoAP led by Chief Minister Pema Khandu.

Flanked by too bureaucrats, Gopal while addressing press persons in Civil Secretariat here, said that no state Govt. except Sikkim, has implemented the 7th Central Pay Commission (7thCCPC) recommendations as basic salaries were almost doubled imposing additional financial burden of about 22 to 24% on state exchequer .

However, their demands including tough location allowance (TLA), HRA, non-practicing allowance, new TA/DA, transport allowance etc placed on 28.08.18 last was discussed by state cabinet on 27.09.18 in details for which finance commissioner, attending Election Commission of India’s meeting in New Delhi, was called back to give detailed presentational on financial involvement of all these demands.

The Govt conceded to several demands including release of 9% DA (GoAP releases 7% and 2% to be release soon), Rs 4,500 PM wage of contingency hiked to Rs 8000 in 2016 realizing their pecuniary problems and bonus, never paid earlier, sanctioned but was paid (Rs 2,000 each) in 2017-18 as the pro-people and pro-employee GoAP stood with them, he reasoned.

While retirement age was raised from 58 to 60 years wef 01.01.18, pending since 1998, despite resistance from various pending since long, many posts were created in 2012 to ensure career progression; though so many administrative units were created with creation of districts but posts were not created for which 60 APCS cadre posts created and demand placed before the APSPSC to overcome the shortage of COs, the CS said, adding unfortunately the CoSAAP always threaten and go on agitation contrary to proactive role of the GoAP in their favour.

Conscientious efforts ended the bandh culture having negative impacts on state’s socio-economic growth with CM Khandu giving a clarion call to all to become part of ‘Team Arunachal’, CoSAAP threat for series of agitation (pen/tools down stir – on Oct 11 & 12, 1st phase;  Oct 23-26,  2nd phase; and indefinite from November 8) is a matter of great concern.

“Such move by GoAP employees is not only undemocratic but amounted to blackmailing considering than the GoAP would concede to all demands keeping in view the ensuing elections.  Such attitude to hold the Govt to ransom cannot be tolerated. Accepting the demands did not mean the Govt is not weak”, he said, adding the impact of implementing all demands would amount to more than Rs 380 crore.

The TLA doubled by GoI, about Rs 5,000 per head, cannot be given across board, like an employee posted in his own district in hard area. The GoAP has increased HAA to Rs 1,000 and soft area allowance is Rs 500. But the demanded rate will cost the fund poor GoAP about Rs 120 crore. Thus, the Cabinet has asked to revisit on TLA to be discussed in next sitting.

Of the total 13.5 lakh population, 70,000 to 1 lakh are GoAP employees or of the total 8 lakh indigenous population  75,000 are GoAP employees, he said, adding of the total Rs 18,000 crore budget with internal revenue generation of  Rs 1500 to 1600 crore, how the Govt would meet such unreasonable demands, he wondered.

When 6thCPC was implemented, HRA was granted to Group C employees only as Group A & B draw higher salaries, he hinted.

Recalling that in 2014 salary was not paid before 10 and the GoAP was resorting to advance and overdraft though against financial prudence, he said that the present Govt has been trying to strike a balance to meet the demands of its employees while accelerating development process toeing its commitment to speed all-round development.

The initiatives in many sectors are examples, he said adding lack of basic infrastructure facilities in schools and health institutions would require Rs 15,000 crore but who bothers? However, the CM had called an emergency cabinet meeting on October 8 and CoSAAP issue was number one agenda.

The CS said that during a three-hour meeting on October 8 last with CoSAAP representatives involving many senior officers everything thing was told transparently. “I had requested with folded hands not to push the Govt to corner as ‘Team Arunachal’. On their accusation of using unparliamentarily language (extortion) used by an officer, he had tendered unconditional apology and also the officer.

“Most of the employees are with us but few self interested are behind such move. It is an emotional issue for the GoAP which now has unanimously decided that CoSAAP attitude cannot be tolerated and directed to take legal actions says if they do not accept”, he informed.

Thus, it has been decided that one day salary will be deducted for those who join the CoSAP strike, those who join or second day will be treated dies-non (break of service and on third day observance would invite suspension to initiate major penalty proceedings in tune with Rule 72 CCS conduct rule and SC verdict against such unbecoming attitude to Govt employees.

All HoDs have been issued directive according while special squads have been formed to monitor if the employees performing their duties or not, he added.

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