ITANAGAR, Mar 06: The Confederation of Service Associations of Arunachal Pradesh (CoSAAP) on Saturday submitted a six-point memorandum to state Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar seeking ‘immediate consideration and redressal’ of the pending grievances of the state government employees.
The CoSAAP has demanded immediate implementation of House Rent Allowances (HRA) and Transportation Allowances (TPTA) as per the 7th Central Pay Commission.
Raising its objection to non-implementation of TPTA and partial implementation of HRA by the state government, CoSAAP in its memorandum stated that the employees of the state have been deprived of their legitimate entitlement.
“The sky-rocketing prices of the fuel are adding misery to the life of employees as major portion of its salaries goes for paying fares for public transport. Because of ever increasing fuel prices, there is a cascading effect of prices of essential commodities resulting more miseries to low paid state government employees”, the Confederation said.
The CoSAAP has also sought early redressal of the genuine issues of the Arunachal Teachers’ Association (ATA).
Stating that ATA’s objection to the state government’s decision to merge two Directorates of Education department – Secondary Education and Elementary Education – into one Directorate, is ‘genuine’, the employees’ body called for its bifurcation even at district and block levels for smooth functioning of the department.
It stated that as school teachers are performing duties even on Saturdays, it supports the genuine demand of increasing the earned leave of teachers from existing 10 days to 20 days per year.
Taking note of the delay in the recruitment process of APCS (EG) interview through lateral entry, CoSAAP has called for the Chief Secretary’s intervention in the matter.
Stating that the advertisement for the recruitment process was published on December 5, 2018, the confederation in its representation wrote, “Even after more than two years of its advertisement, the concerned department has not yet recommended the list of illegible candidates to APPSC for conducting interview. The inordinate delay in conducting the said interview is hampering the overall developmental process of the state, especially in the Circle Administrative Level for which these posts were created by the government”.
“This is hampering the intended future aspirants also as they are approaching upper age limit,” it added.
The memorandum also raised the issue of irregularities in drawing monthly salaries by the employees through Public Financial Management System (PFMS).
“The inordinate delay in releasing the salaries has badly affecting their day to day household managements, immediate medical needs, immediate children education needs and even clearing bank loans etc thereby directly affecting their moral in performing official duties, especially in some important departments like, Health & Family Welfare etc”, it said.
For timely disbursement of the monthly salaries, CoSAAP has suggested the state government to convert all the Plan Posts to Non-Plan Posts which are receiving salaries under PFMS.
It also opined that adopting suitable mechanism in getting Administrative Approval and Financial Concurrence in a shorter manner might solve the current irregularities.
It further suggested creating Chief Minister’s Corpus Fund from where pay and allowances of such departments could be released on monthly basis with a provision to reimburse them from the concerned department on receipt of fund from the Govt of India.
The CoSAAP, in its memorandum has also highlighted the grievances of Arunachal Pradesh Secretariat Employees’ Association (APSEA).
Stating that there is a complete stagnation of Career Progression of secretariat cadre borne employees, with special reference to ministerial cadre, it urged the state government to implement the Gamdik Committee Recommendation in toto at the earliest.
To redress the issue, the state government had constituted a Cadre Review Committee (CRC) headed by T T Gamdik, IAS (Retd) the then commissioner (GA) in 2014. The committee recommended five points Cadre Review in the secretariat. It is also understood that out of five point recommendations, the state government has already implemented one point, i.e. recruitment of Assistant Section Officer (ASO) by Combined Competitive Examinations through APPSC and rest four recommendations are yet to be implemented, the memorandum said.
It added that APSEA had submitted a representation to state government in July 2020 for its complete implementation.