MACS employee joins all India strike

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IMPHAL, January 30: The Manipur State AIDS Control Society Employees Association today entered into a strike as part of the nationwide strike initiated by the All India AIDS Control Employees Association.

As part of the agitation demanding the government to acknowledge and act on the national body’s seven point demands, the Manipur State AIDS Control Employees Association also staged a sit in protest at the MACS campus at Lamphelpat.

The state body also called a press conference announcing the launch of the agitation.

Abhiram Mongjam said their seven demands are regularisation of all employees, working under Department of AIDS Control (National AIDS Control Organization (NACO), State AIDS Control Society (SACS) and its peripheral units; until their regularisation, salaries should be given with all benefits as per central government employees; all employees should be merged in next phase without removal of any post; immediate withdrawal of the new salary order sent by Department of AIDS Control Society and termination of committee members who made the new salary structure

Elaborating further, he said that MACS employees were deeply anguished and disturbed by the introduction of a new pay structure under the National AIDS Control programme NACP-IV by the Department of AIDS Control Society under the ministry of health and Family Welfare.

The Manipur State AIDS Control Society has at present 299 employees working, he said before declaring that the employees who are all members of the Manipur State AIDS Control Society Employees Association unanimously resolved to support the indefinite strike.

Both governments at the centre and the state have been neglecting us, he asserted before asserting that the employees will continue with the agitations until their demands are met with.

He further appealed the public and CSO of the state to support their agitation.

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