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Nagaland employees threaten strike

By Correspondent

DIMAPUR, March 16 - Nagaland Government employees under the All State Services Associations of Nagaland have threatened to go on a pen/tool-down strike from March 20 if the State Government fails to implement the 7th Revision of Pay (RoP) with effect from March 1 this year.

This was decided in a coordination meeting held on March 14 in connection with the memorandum dated March 11 relating to Cabinet decision on 7th Central Pay Commission. The meeting demanded that the State Government fulfill its demand for implementation of 7th RoP by March 18 next.

In the meeting, the State Services Associations decided to reject the decision of the State Cabinet to implement the 7th RoP w.e.f. March 1, 2018, which it said is against the genuine demand made by the Services Associations since 2014.

�Unless the State Government fulfils the demand within March 18 for implementation of the 7th RoP, the Associations will be compelled to go for pen/tool-down strike in the State from March 20. However, hospitals, educational institutions and emergency services have been exempted from the agitation,� a release issued by the Confederation of Associations of Nagaland State Services Employees Association said.

Meanwhile, around 1,000 Hindi teachers employed under Centrally sponsored schemes in Nagaland staged a �non-violent protest� at the Directorate of School Education in Kohima on Wednesday.

The agitation by the teachers was to demand the State Government to release their pending salary for ten months running. The agitating teachers continued their protest at the Civil Secretariat today. The teachers were holding placards which read, �Forcing to work without salary is slavery�, �10 months without salary is inhuman treatment�, �Right to work also means right to be paid�, etc.

Speaking to media persons, All Nagaland Hindi Teachers Union (ANHTU) president Rometo said the teachers just want salary for the services they have rendered.

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