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Rambling on recent events of Arunachal

Government takes INR 300 crore loan to pay its’ employees arrear

On March 11, Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, in a harried press conference at his official residence, announced with much fanfare that in order to keep his promise to it’s employee to pay the balance 15th month arrears by March 2010; the Arunachal Pradesh Government has taken an interest free loan of Rs. 300 crore from Center payable in 20 years.

Well, may be with that move the government was able to provide a ‘band-aid’ solution to keep it’s employees’ happy but how do the government plan to pay the monthly salary of 80,000 odd employees in future when it says it does not have it’s own resources? Also how do the government plan to repay the interest free loan amount of Rs. 300 Crores? Doesn’t government creating liabilities for us? Should we always look upto the Centre with ‘begging bowls’ instead of thinking ways to create our own resources?

Anti-Dam equals Anti-Arunachal

During the same press conference, Chief Minister dubbed those protesting against dams in Arunachal as an anti-Arunachal. Oh my! with that statement Mr. Khandu stirred the ‘hornet’s nest’. Plethora of condemnation poured in right from ACR to those protesting against dams against his statement terming – his statement tries to curb the ‘freedom of expression and freedom of right to live’ and asked him to withdraw the statement. Of which the CM responded by saying that he was ‘misquoted’. He assured that he is against any forceful displacement of population to materialize coming up of hydro-projects. Besides, Mr. Khandu stated that majority of the awarded hydro-power projects are RoR (Run-of the-River) scheme projects with no or negligible submergence.

There comes my question, though the same has been put forward by Bamang Tago, ACR Chairman as well. Well CM Sir, would you care to quantify how much submergence is called submergence or is negligible submergence or no submergence at all?

Considering the general layout of any hydro-electric power plant, I assume the hydropower plant requires a pondage for availability of water for generation and for creation of head. So, does RoR scheme Hydro Projects does not require pondage (in other words dams)?

While we are on the topic of dams in Arunachal, let me put some more words on it. Right from small to mega hydro projects, the state government has so far awarded about 100 projects to developers’ with around 34000 MW of installed capacity. I wonder if such huge amount of hydro-potential needs to be tapped right now. The government says that it will earn revenue for state from sell of this power. But the question is, whom the state government envisage to sell this power to when it is said that owing to constraint in laying of transmission line in the ‘chicken-neck corridor’, there is constraint of evacuation of power to other beneficiary states out of North-East. It is said that the present capacity to evacuate power from the existing transmission line is only about 6000 MW. So, is it wise on our Governments part to award hydro-projects right and left without thinking of how to evacuate it? Why don’t the government consider tapering tapping of hydro power potential of the state? Atleast it would give some time till the transmission utility company PGCIL overcome the present constraint of evacuating only about 6000 MW of power. And by the time may be people would also understand the merit and demerit of having hydro-power plants better.

AAPSU demands renaming of RGU to Arunachal University

On 18th, AAPSU staged dharna infront of Assembly demanding renaming of Rajiv Gandhi University back to Arunachal University. Though, I too agree that we should have our university named indigenously but, the question is where were the students’ body when Arunachal University was re-christened Rajiv Gandhi University in the first place? Had they protested then and there, this situation would not have arrived. On the lighter note, would the government be bold enough to disgrace Gandhi dynasty by scrapping the Gandhi name from University when it has just got sanctioned loan amount of Rs. 300 Crore to pay to it’s employees’?

NES demands creation of Department of Nyishi affairs in line of Department of Tirap and Changlang with annual budgetary allocation of Rs. 100 Crores.

I respect the concern of ‘Elites’ towards socio-economic development of their community and surely the government should look into the matter to develop the rural areas. But then wouldn’t this demand sow seed for division of state on the basis of different communities of the state on the ground of development or non-development of their areas? What I feel is, it is not the quantum of amount sanctioned for particular area development but it is how the amount is utilized by the implementing agencies, which is much of siphoned off before it reaches to actual beneficiary. What do you say?

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CoSAAP-Government deadlock ends, agitation called off

Finally giving respite to the common masses, CoSAAP and government reached an amicable solution and the deadlock between them has ended. The solution was arrived at after 7-long hours of marathon discussion between CoSAAP representatives and the government yesterday.

Under the agreement arrived at yesterday, which was apparently arrived at after taking into the financial health of state of which Finance Minister elaborated in detail to the CoSAAP representatives, the government has agreed to

  1. Revoke ESMA.
  2. Re-instate the two terminated employees and withdraw all the charges against them.
  3. No deduction of pay for the period under agitation.
  4. Provide six month arrears in two installment instead of three with two months arrears in cash and one months arrear credited to GPF account for the financial year 2008-09 and one month arrear in cash and two months arrears credited to GPF account for the financial year 2009-10.
  5. 30 months arrear would be released to employees as and when the government receive fund from Central government for which the government is pursuing.

On CoSAAP’s part, they have agreed to

  1. Call of the agitation with immediate effect.
  2. Work 7 days a week instead of 5 to make up for the loss owing to 22 days long pen & tool down strike without claiming Over Time Allowances.

(Non) Implementation of 6th Pay Commision Recommendation- Arunachal find it’s partner in Manipur

Hmm…employees in Arunachal Pradesh are not alone which is affected by (non) implementation of 6th Pay Commission recommendations. It has found a partner in Manipur.

The Government employees in Manipur along with it’s family member has decided not to vote for the candidates of Congress and coalition partner CPI in the coming parliamentary elections, over their demand for implementation of 6th pay commission recommendation in Manipur.

Government employees in Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh, who have been demanding the implementation of the Sixth Pay Commission recommendations, have now decided to take stronger action.

The 64,000 Manipur employees have announced that they and their families would not vote for the candidates of the Congress or its coalition partner CPI in the coming Parliamentary elections.

(Source: The Hindu)

Meanwhile, there is no sign of respite to the ongoing standoff between Government and CoSAAP with government not budging from their stand and threatening to emulate Tamil Nadu where around 100000 employees were terminated under this draconian act and CoSAAP deciding to intensify the ongoing democratic movement and continuing their agitation.

How would the Arunachal Government pay 200 computer staff?

Amidst the employees discontentment over 6th Pay Commission Recommendation implementation in Arunachal Pradesh, whose solution is yet to see the light, it is interesting to know that Government is contemplating recruiting 200 computer staff for various departments of State Secretariat.

Dabi said the government would recruit 200 computer staff in various departments of the state secretariat soon.

I wonder, with Government not able to comply with 6th Pay Commission package owing to financial crunch, how would they pay for the services of 200 Computer Staff that they are contemplating recruiting?

Any answers?

Would the handling of CoSAAP’s agitation by the Government affect the ruling Congress Party’s prospect in forthcoming Assembly Elections?

Well, the ruling Congress in Arunachal Pradesh has finally decided to prepone the Assembly Elections which was due in October and to go in for polls simultaneously along with Lok Sabha Elections likely to be held during April-May. The decision was taken, apparently, in order to ‘save time, energy and money’.

The ruling Congress in Arunachal Pradesh has decided to go in for polls for the 60-member state assembly simultaneously with that for the Lok Sabha to be held either in April or May.

The state cabinet at a meeting here last night endorsed the decision of the Congress Legislature Party and its associate members to prepone the assembly polls, due in October and hold it along with that for the Lok Sabha to “save time, energy and money”, government spokesman and state Parliamentary Affairs Minister Tako Dabi told the press today.

Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, who is also the CLP leader, and Arunachal PCC President Nabam Tuki would visit Delhi soon to apprise the party high command and the Election Commission of the decision, he said.

(Source PTI)

Now, with present turmoil in the state where the Government’s hard stance on it’s employee over the implementation of 6th Pay Commission recommendation has become the subject of criticism from other political parties and employees discontentment, would the decision to pre-pone the 60-seat assembly elections backfire in their face? Would the handling of CoSAAP’s agitation by the ruling Congress Government affect their prospect in this assembly election?

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On implementation of 6th CPC recommendations in Arunachal, Adamant Government, CoSAAP’s agitation and ESMA

The logger-head between the CoSAAP and Arunachal Pradesh Government over implementation of 6th CPC recommendation is still continuing even after lapse of almost 2 months since the deadlock between the two parties over 6th CPC implementation reached and the solution still seems to be eluding. This tussle between the two parties, CoSAAP and A.P. Government has all the potential to bring the State to standstill and throw it into utter chaos; in fact it already has. With more than 85000 State’s workforce going on ‘Pen and Tool Down’ agitation since January 5th, the government machinery has been brought to standstill and the common masses thrown into chaos.

With the Government not showing any interest to come to negotiation table over the December 20th pay package and taking hard-boiled stance over the agitating employees by imposing ESMA and the GBC CoSAAP not ready to take less than what was agreed upon on 10th of December, it seemed that the situation would further worsen without any solution in sight in near future. However, with the release of arrested leaders of GBC CoSAAP who were arrested under the provision of ESMA, on conditional bail, temporary suspension of ‘Jail Bharo Andolan’ by agitating employees in retaliation to arrest of their leaders and Chief Secretary finally relenting to reinstate the services of those employees who were terminated under ESMA and showing interest to talk with Chief Minister over the issue; it is hoped that the deadlock between the agitating employees and Government would tide over soon and an amicable solution reached.

Now after going through the press releases on the issue, it seems that this situation is the result of immature hurried promise made by the government which couldn’t have otherwise been fulfilled, signing of agreement by selected few with the government as per government’s wish contrary to earlier promise, which got signed, may be by putting the ‘Second Party’ under duress or under some personal arrangement as has been opined by some commentators, the government’s adamant attitude to let it’s employee follow the dictated terms which the employees couldn’t come in agreement with and the crackdown technique (ESMA) that government adopted that backfired.

This entire episode has left few unanswered questions.

  • When it is said and stated by the Government that the State is not in a position to take the financial burden if the 6th Pay Commission Recommendation is implemented in toto, I wonder, why it reached upon an agreement of December 10th in first place, which was apparently arrived at after taking into consideration the financial position of the State? Was it on the basis of miscalculated financial implication that would have incurred to the State if 6th Pay Commission was implemented? Or was it deliberate move by the government to stall the agitation for time being and to buy time for preparing for next move?
  • Why CEC CoSAAP agreed to partial pay package contrary to December 10th agreement without consultation with it’s District Unit’s? Were they put under duress or had been subjected to some personal arrangements as has been opined by few commentators?
  • Was December 20th agreement arrived at after taking due consideration of financial implication to the State and it’s financial poisition? If yes, then was the disagreement between different CoSAAP units the result of communication gap? Why CEC CoSAAP instead of clearing the differences amongst it’s various units insisted upon other units to accept the pay package without giving proper reason and to bear the consequences if they goes ahead with agitation?
  • Was the Government right in using bullying tactic by imposing ESMA or did the situation indeed called for imposition of ESMA, in the first place? In fact, instead of breaking the morale of agitating employees it aggravated the agitation.

Aftermath

The Government has put itself into a very uncomfortable situation by taking ‘adamant stance’ and invoking Essential Service Maintenance (A.P.) Act, 1993, to crackdown on it’s agitating employees. With Assembly election round the corner, this employer-employee issue has been turned into a political one by the likes of BJP, NCP, PPA etc., who are questioning the governance of the present Government and their handling of the situation and are showing solidarity with the agitating employees (though CoSAAP says it is a non-political organization and doesn’t endorse any political patronage). This has also given chance to the political parties to group together and form an alliance to fight against the ruling Congress government in the ensuing Assembly elections. Besides, it has aggravated the agitation.

On CoSAAP’s front, CoSAAP was disintegrated into two factions viz., CEC CoSAAP and GBC CoSAAP with one for the 20th December partial pay package and another for 10th December pay package with later faction spearheading the agitation now. Also, the hard-stance of government has brought almost all the District Units’ under one umbrella called GBC CoSAAP.

And on common masses front, well.., we are only hoping that an amicable solution is reached between the Government and the agitating employees and are freed from further chaos.