6th Pay: CANSSEA still knocking

Dimapur, April 30 (MExN): For the umpteenth time, the state services employees today sought to attract the attention of a still-unreceptive Nagaland government that the recommendations of the 6th central pay packages be implemented. The Confederation of All Nagaland State Services Employees Association today wrote a letter to Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio requesting yet again that the state government implement the 6th Pay Commission recommendations which twenty out of twenty-eight states in the country have already implemented. 

The CANSSEA today expressed pain at the apathy of the authorities to the recommendations, which even NE states have mulled. Assam and Tripura led the way by appointing their own pay committees to bring parity with the central pay; Mizoram government is expected to act soon after receiving the report of the “fitment committee” possibly by May; the Arunachal Pradesh Government has agreed to implement the pay scale from January 1, 2009 conceding further arrears for six months in three installments and so on. 

However, back home, Nagaland’s employees are “enjoying” the 5th pay scale from April 2000, with “notional fixation” of pay on June 1, 1998. The CANSSEA reminded that the general price index – essential commodities, from edible oil to eggs – over the years have skyrocketed following the recommendations. This has hit the middle and lower category officials seriously. The only balancing factor left now is in implementing the 6th pay commission scale as envisaged from January 1, 2006, CANSSEA reminded the chief minister. 

The CANSSEA reasserted its faith yet again in the leadership of the CM that the pay scales would be implemented as a means of  justice for  state government employees. Making a veiled threat in that the employees would “pull up their socks and rally forces for a bigger configuration of action” the CANSSEA has appealed to the chief minister to take heed. “…before getting too late,” it added.