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Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla on Thursday issued a strong warning to striking government employees of stern action if they continued with their strike.

An umbrella organization of all governments’ employees, the Federation of Mizoram Government Employees and Workers (FMG&W) today began their three-day mass casual leave demanding revision of pay.

In his communique to the people of Mizoram issued today, the longest serving Chief Minister of the state, Lal Thanhawla appealed to pensioners and educated unemployed to be ready to serve their government if action be taken against the striking employees.

“My government has done everything we can to avoid this stalemate, but the leaders of FMG&E totally ignored our humble pleas and decided to create problems for the people of Mizoram by deciding to go on strike, and that too when our grandest religious festival of Christmas is just around the corner,” the chief minister’s statement read.

Lal Thanhawla’s government, only days ago constituted a  committee chaired by state Planning Commission’s vice  chairman H Liansailova to look into the pros and cons of the pay revision at par with the state’s economy.

“We tried to inculcate the government employees that the new GST and demonetisation had a huge impact on the state’s economy, and that the committee would look into the matter of pay revision with an optimistic approach, but then they couldn’t wait. What these 50,000 employees had done to the 11 lakhs people of the state is terribly wrong,” the Chief Minister stated.

“My government has had the privilege of revising its employees pay four times in the previous governments, my government always tune the pay band at par with the Centre’s recommendation, we have appealed to them several times, a committee was even formed but they just wouldn’t listen,” the statement read.

The members of FMG&W have all taken three days mass casual leave from today.

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