AIZAWL, Dec 6 - Activities in government offices in Mizoram came to a complete halt today as the State Government employees began their three-day mass casual leave agitation, to put pressure on their demand for implementation of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations in the State.
Despite the Finance Minister’s appeal to call off the proposed strike yesterday, the employees went ahead with their decision.
The employees, under the banner of Federation of Mizoram Government Employees and Workers (FMGE&W), had gone on a two-day pen down strike on November 22 and 23.
Expressing regrets over the employees’ strike, Finance Minister Lalsawta said that he appealed the FMGE&W to call off the strike yesterday, assuring them the government intended to implement the 7th Pay Commission recommendations.
“We can’t say when, but the government intends to implement the recommendations, and has set up a committee in this regard,” Lalsawta said.
State Finance officials said 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 said, 36-37 per cent of the total State annual budget is used for paying the salaries of the employees.
The expenditure on salaries did not include the salaries of employees of Lai, Mara and Chakma autonomous district councils, teachers working in deficit schools and contract and muster roll workers, Lalmalsawma said.