5th Pay commission: Govt seeks time from SBM employees to examine their demand

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Meghalaya Urban Affairs department has asked the agitating employees of Shillong Municipal Board (SMB) under the umbrella of Shillong Municipal Employees Association (SMEA) to give some time to examine their demand.

 Demanding implementation of the 5th pay commission, the employees of Shillong Municipal Board (SMB) will observe a pen down protest, this was informed by Shillong Municipal Employees Association (SMEA) President Sylvanus Pyngrope.

However, Urban Affairs Snawbhalang Dhar, after holding a meeting with SMEA, said, “I told them just give me some time to examine it.”

Asked, he said, “It is from the finance department and it has to be discussed with the concerned department.”

The employees of Shillong Municipal Board (SMB), under the umbrella of Shillong Municipal Employees Association (SMEA)  met urban affairs minister Sniawbhalang Dhar on Tuesday to demand the implementation of the 5th pay commission.

Speaking to media persons, SMEA president Sylvanus Pyngrope said that the employees of SMB tomorrow will observe a pen down protest against the non implementation of the 5th pay commission, but they will also discuss it with all members in the evening to take a decision whether to continue with their agitation or wait for the chief minister to come back.

“The minister has assured that he will take up the issue with the chief minister upon his return back to the state, hence we will observe the pen down protest tomorrow and again in the evening. we will take a final call whether to halt or continue with our agitation,” said Pyngrope.

General secretary of SMEA P. Marwein said that they have been demanding for the implementation of the 5th pay commission since 2017 and the state government did not assure them of anything, in 2019 they have filed a petition in Meghalaya high court.

“In March 2020, chief justice Diengdoh had passed an order that the government had to implement the 5th pay commission, and even after the order, the government did not comply with the order,” said Diengdoh.

Diengdoh said that recently the state government passed a notification that their salary would be as per the 4th pay commission, and on 29 this month the SMEA had called an emergent meeting to protest against the non-compliance of the state government with the order of the Meghalaya high court.