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The four constituent associations of the Joint Associations Forum (JAF) has planned to launch a series of agitation from November 20.

In the first phase of agitation, the members of the forum will wear black badges.

Nagaland Directorate Ministerial Service Association, All Nagaland District Ministerial Service Association, Trained Nurses Association of India and Prison Service Association Nagaland are the member organisations of the JAF.

The forum decided to launch the agitation for non-implementation of the Revision of Pay Anomalies Committee (PAC) recommendation by the Nagaland government.

The agitation will be intensified if the demand is not fulfilled in due course of time, a release issued by forum’s convenor M. Renthungo Tungoe and co-convenor V. Peter Rutsa said on Monday.

The decision to launch the agitation was taken at the meeting of the coordinating body of JAF in Kohima on November 14.

The forum has directed all its constituent bodies to be prepared for the proposed agitation and take the matter very seriously.

It also directed all constituent associations to constitute action committee to monitor and curb any untoward incident during the democratic form of agitation.

The JAF has appealed to heads of departments, drawing and disbursing officers and controlling officers for their support.

In an appeal letter seeking their support, the forum said a joint representation was submitted to government on September 12 demanding implementation of the recommendation but not decision was conveyed even after lapse of more than 45 days.

It added that another representation in the form of an ultimatum for implementing the same was served to the government on October 30, the deadline for which ended on November 14.

The forum said the aggrieved four associations decided to take a joint venture to pursue the matter and requested the state government to implement the recommendation in letter and spirit without any discrimination.

The JAF pointed out that the current issue was related to pay level enhancement of specific categories of employees under the four associations.

It said they deserved better perks and allowances commensurating their duties and responsibilities.

The forum said the government failed to implement/approve the recommendation for no valid and justifiable reason.

Bhadra Gogoi

Bhadra Gogoi is Northeast Now Correspondent in Nagaland. He can be reached at: bhadragogoi@yahoo.com