ITANAGAR, Oct 20 - Functioning of the State Government offices and schools across Arunachal Pradesh was today affected as the State Government employees started a two-day pens & tools down strike in protest against government�s failure to fulfill their charter of demands.
The strike, launched by Confederation of Service Associations of Arunachal Pradesh (CoSAAP), a conglomeration of several State Government employees� associations, to press for implementation of 7th Central Pay Commission recommendations, disrupted the functioning of almost all government establishments, including State Civil Secretariat, educational institutions and the offices of resident and deputy resident commissioners located in different parts of the country.
Though the government employees turned up at their work places but abstained from their duties, except for registering their attendance, according to CoSAAP general secretary G Riba. The strike was almost total in the State, Riba claimed, adding that works in about 90 per cent of government establishments were affected today whereas only a few employees had reported for work. At some government schools, where examinations were held today, teachers performed their duties by wearing black badges.
The CoSAAP has been demanding the State Government to implement the 7th Central Pay Commission recommendations with effect from January 1, 2016 and raise the employees� retirement age up to 60 years.
Its other demands included grant of transport & children�s education allowances, withdrawal of NOC system in matters of promotion and retirement, payment of adhoc bonus to non-gazetted employees due from 2005-06, etc.
The employees� apex body said that instead of responding to the demands, the government was trying to buy time by constituting one more Committee forcing CoSAAP to launch the two-day agitation.