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MeECL employees call off stir; assurance given for release of pending salaries

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Shillong, Dec 16: Following the positive response received from the Chairman-cum-Managing Director (CMD) and in view of the assurance given by the Management to release pending salaries within this month, the Coordination Committee of Registered MeECL Employees Associations & Unions (CCORMAU) on Wednesday called off their agitations.

 The decision was announced after a meeting held between the Chairman cum Managing Director (CMD) of MeECL, Arunkumar Kembhavi and a delegation of the Coordination Committee of Registered MeECL (Employees) Associations and Unions (CCORMAU).

 This came after the agitating employees have begun their two-day hunger strike in front of the MeECL office at Lumjingshai here.

After the meeting, leaders of the CCORMAU have expressed satisfaction with the assurances given by the CMD and accordingly announced the committee’s decision to end all agitational programs.

 “Since the management has agreed and assured to give in writing on various demands put forth by us, we have decided to call off all our agitations,”  President of the committee, PK Shullet told Hub News.

 Stating that the employees have been denied terminal benefits since 2010, he said, “The CMD is very much aware of this and has expressed unhappiness since the terminal loan has not been extended to us. When corporatization was rolled out in 2011-2012, other states have extended the kind of benefits required to be done to the employees but it is only Meghalaya government, which has not done this. Therefore, he assured to vehemently pursue the matter with the government so that our terminal benefits can be released at the earliest.”

 Shullet further informed that the CMD has also assured that henceforth, the MeECL officers will be given a free hand to take a call against defaulters.

 “If any company’s cheque bounces, a free hand will be given to the officers to file an FIR against that company. The CMD also assured that he would soon issue a blanket order for (power) disconnection to the defaulters by giving free hand to the officers,” he said.

 He said in terms of the unnecessary loans, the CMD has also assured to look into this issue and get some assessment done adding that the delegation was also assured that the smart meter programme will also be scrapped.

 “As far as privatization is concerned, the CMD had day before yesterday said no to (privatization of the) MePDCL and that the answer will always be no to privatization,” Shullet said.

 CCORMAU vice president, Arju Dkhar however requested the state government to call for a cabinet meeting to specifically discuss on how to avail loans for providing the long-pending terminal benefits to the employees of the corporation.

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