After much debate, the Mapusa Municipal Council (MMC) on Monday decided to seek legal advice on the civil servants’ demands which are said to add to the already dwindling financial burden of the group. civil.
Most of the councilors said that the increase in the salaries of the civil servants after the implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission was positive.
They also said that workers are not entitled to an allowance in excess of the wages they are paid.
According to the Standing Committee of the MMC, which recommends decisions on financial matters, the demand charter has increased despite the implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission in 2016.
“Not only does the demand charter place a financial burden on the council but it also has no parameters to calculate the budget/demand increase. The members also do not know whether these demands should be implemented in view of the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission,” said Shubanghi Vaigankar, the permanent chairman of the Standing Committee.
Vice Chancellor, Chandrashekar Benkar and councilors, Sushant Harmalkar, Shashank Narvekar and Tarak Arolkar are the remaining four appointed to the Standing Committee.
The Standing Committee unanimously decided to consider the proposed charter or other allowances only after receiving the two reports – if all the workers included in the Seventh Pay Commission can for budgeting and comparison between all expenses (costs and expenses) in the past. to 2016 and after the implementation of 7th Pay Commission.
During the discussion in the common council meeting, Councilor of Ward 5, Shashank Narvekar criticized the ruling party for not following its earlier decision to seek legal opinion on this cause.
“We need to find out what the financial impact is on the council. After the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission, the salaries of civic employees have increased from Rs 15,000 to Rs 45,000. In fact, we should take away all the allowances they were given,” said Narvekar.
Ward 20 Councilor Prakash Bhivshet criticized the chairman for compromising the charter of demands by first accepting the demands without studying the issue and following due process.
“Why did you mislead the people of Mapusa? You are now trying to hide your mistake by filing a petition for legal opinion,” said Bhivshet.
After a vigorous debate among councillors, it was later decided to submit the proposed charter for legislative consideration.
Aldona MLA Carlos Ferreira also attended the council meeting on Monday.
Civic arelationship stood cautiously
MAPUSA: President of All Municipal Employees of Goa, Keshav Prabhu said that Mapusa municipal employees will not take any decision on strike call as the upcoming matter for the charter of petitions for discussion before the Labor Commission.
“Let them seek legal advice. Our case is coming up for discussion before the Labor Commissioner on November 3. Till then we will not take a decision on calling a strike,” said Prabhu.
Mapusa civil servants who went on a one-day strike on October 21 called off the strike temporarily for a decision on their charter of demand which will be presented to the council on October 31 .