CM Ibobi appeals to people to remain united, be patient
Source: Hueiyen News Service

Imphal, May 13 2010: The government of Manipur is making arrangements for alternative means for supply of life-saving drugs, fuel and other essential items, informed the Chief Minister O Ibobi in a press release issued by Secretary to Chief Minister, PK Singh today.

The Chief Minister appealed to all the people of Manipur to remain untied and patient.

The Chief Minister also urged the striking employees to join their duties by tomorrow (May 14) with the warning that failing to do so, disciplinary actions will taken against the striking/absenting employees, and no second chance will be given to them to join duty once again.

The Chief Minister in the press release said that the Government is taking up all possible measures to normalize the situation arising in the state owing to the prevailing situation at Mao and the indefinite economic blockade on National Highways 39 and 53.

Womenfolk of Thoubal Leishangthem staging sit-in-demonstration to support the state government's stand on banning NSCN-IM's General Secretary Th Muivah's proposed visit to Manipur's Naga inhabited areas

"Alternative arrangements are being put in place on an emergency basis for supply of the life-saving drugs, petroleum products and essential commodities," he said.

The Chief Minister also appealed to all the government employees, who are on strike demanding complete implementation of the recommendations of 6th Central Pay Commission, to immediately call off their strike and report for duty in the overall interest of the state, particularly in view of the "sensitive' situation prevailing at present.

Mention may be made here that the employees of the state government have been continuing ceasework strike for the last more than three months.

The JAC of AMTUC and AMGEO has been spearheading the ceasework strike which started from January 17 last.

The State Government has already issued orders for implementation of the 6th Central Pay Commission.

But the JAC of AMTUC and AMGEO has surrendered the pay revised orders which would be "notionally' effective from January 2006 but actual cash payment would be effective from April 1 of the current year.

The JAC pointed out various anomalies in the orders issued under Manipur (Revised Pay) Rules 2010. The Chief Minister also assured that 'genuine demands' of the employees will be considered in due course depending on the resources available with the state.

The Chief Minister expressed anguish over the continuation of the JAC's strike at a time when the State requires the services of each and every government servant.

He appealed to the striking employees to report for duty with effect from tomorrow (May 14) and warned that in case of failure to do so; the state government will be left with no other alternative but to take disciplinary action against the absenting employees.

"As a last resort the government may be compelled to engage staff on contract basis and resume full functioning.

In such an eventuality, the striking/absenting staff will not be given any second chance to attend to their duties again," the statement finally warned.