Meghalaya state government Assurance for Non government staffs

Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma on Wednesday told the Assembly that the state government is committed to taking care of teachers and others who are not covered under this year’s pay revision as recommended by the Fifth Pay Commission.

He added the state government is working on implementing the Supreme Court’s ruling on “equal pay for equal work” for temporary employees.

Mukul gave these assurances while replying to a discussion brought by Opposition legislator Paul Lyngdoh on the need to extend financial benefits – to schoolteachers, casual employees, daily wage earners and disadvantaged sections such as widows and differently abled – in sync with the pay hike announced for state government employees.

“The state government is committed to taking care of employees who are not covered under the ‘government’category. We are concerned and committed to taking care of our friends in different jobs, including those covered under Minimum Wages Act,” Mukul said.

Earlier, Lyngdoh referred to a Supreme Court ruling on October 26, 2016 that says temporary employees, hired by government departments and agencies across the country on contractual basis, are entitled to get wages on a par with permanent employees and the principle of “equal pay for equal work” must be followed.

On this, Mukul said the state government is working on implementing the apex court’s ruling and admitted that existence of too many categories of teachers in the state is a complex issue.

He said when the state government decided to implement pay revision for government employees, the education department was also asked to consider implementation of the new pay structure for schoolteachers, especially deficit schoolteachers.

On the delay to release salaries of those teaching in schools under the centrally sponsored Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan scheme, Mukul said release of funds from the Centre has been irregular and assured the House that the state government would do the needful. “The Centre has a tendency to withdraw as much funds as possible and slowly put the burden on the states. There are many ways of blocking funds to states and sometimes they cause inconvenience to some of the states. If there is inefficiency on the part of any Union ministry, the blame goes to the states.” Besides Lyngdoh, other Opposition MLAs – Jemino Mawthoh and Ardent Miller Basaiawmoit who joined the discussion, urged the state government to take steps to reduce the gap of disparity between the haves and have-nots in the state.

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