HAFLONG, March 26 � The NC Hills Autonomous Council employees have decided to go for a pen-down strike from April 1 if their demands were not fulfilled within March 31.
The non-payment of salary to the NC Hills Autonomous Council employees has become a recurring problem since long for reasons known to the council authority. The employees have already started their protest in the form of observing a black week from Monday by wearing black badges.
The NC Hills Autonomous Council Employees Union had earlier on December 27, 2013 submitted a memorandum to the Chief Executive Member, NC Hills Autonomous Council detailing the grievances of the employees of the council and pressing for an early solution.
The memorandum stated that due to non-receipt of regular salaries, the employees have been facing great financial hardship. It was also demanded that monthly salaries with full benefits of revised pay as per the ROP, 2010 for the employees of the NC Hills Autonomous Council (normal sector) be paid regularly with effect from January 2014.
Moreover, the immediate payment of admissible gratuities to the retired and expired employees of the NC Hills Autonomous Council has also been stopped for a while adding to the miseries of such employees and their families. While pointing out that there is no pension scheme under the council service, the employees union also demanded to look into the matter.
It may be mentioned here that the Government of Assam had revised the pay scales of its employees with effect from January 1, 2006 and the State Government employees are now enjoying new pay scales along with up to date 90 per cent DA. But the employees of the NC Hills Autonomous Council are not fortunate enough as they do not even get their monthly salaries in time.