Tuesday, January 31, 2023

DMC employees put agitation on hold till Oct 10

The ongoing protest against non-payment of salary by Dimapur Municipal Council (DMC) employees under the banner of DMC Employers Welfare Union (DMCEWU) has been put on hold till October 10.
Informing this to media persons, DMCEWU president T Revo Anar said the members held an emergency meeting on September 30 and decided to suspend the agitation till October 10 following the request made by various Dimapur based civil society organizations. He said that the Dimapur based CSOs– Dimapur Urban Council Chairman Federation, Naga Council Dimapur, Dimapur Sadar G.B. Union, Dimapur Naga Women Hoho and Dimapur Naga Students Union, met DMCEWU members on September 16 and assured to take up the matter to the highest level.
Based on this assurance, he said DMCEWU unanimously decided to keep on hold the “No Pay! No Work” agitation. Anar, however, said that the employees would resume the agitation with effect from October 11, if the state government failed to act positively. Anar said the CSOs met chief secretary on September 28 and highlighted the issues faced by the DMC employees.
The CSOs also submitted a representation to the chief secretary, and cautioned that DMC would collapse if the employees were not bailed out from the crisis.
They also highlighted that after the government banned DMC from collection of urban utility fee, the financial condition had been severely affected. Furthermore, they said that since there was no elected body, Central fund allocation earmarked for municipal body has not been released.
The CSOs observed that these were the main reasons why DMC has been faced with financial crisis, and unable to pay salaries due to paucity of fund, besides, halting all developmental activities.
The CSOs, therefore, urged upon the chief secretary to reconsider and allow DMC generate revenue by collection of urban utility fee etc., for smooth functioning of the office and also carry out developmental activities as done earlier.
When asked on the quantity of waste generated per day, he replied that around 120 Metric Tons of garbage and waste were collected every day under the jurisdiction of DMC.

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