Meghalaya: MeECL employees' agitation called off after talks with authorities
The employees of the Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL) under the banner of Coordination Committee Of Registered MeECL (Employee) Associations and Unions (CCORMAU) has, on Wednesday afternoon, called off their agitation after receiving a positive response from the management.
"After we received a positive response from of our Chairman-Managing Director (CMD) and his commitment to solve all our demands in stages, we have decided to suspend our agitation," CCORMAU president PK Shullet said.
According to CCORMAU, the management has agreed to disburse the pay of October by Wednesday evening and pay of November by next week. "The pay of December and subsequent months will be disbursed within the first week of every month," Shullet added.
He added that discussion was also held on other issues relating to Terminal benefits which will be pursued with Government The management also agreed that unnecessary loan shall be stopped while assuring that privatisation of MeECL will not be done.
"The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with BIA will be reviewed and, field officers will get a free hand to deal with defaulters," Shullet informed.
Earlier during the day, the employees observed hunger strike in protest against the failure of the MeECL authorities and the state government to disburse their two months’ salary (October and November). On December 15, the employees observed a pen-down strike.
The union had earlier threatened to launch a series of agitation if the MeECL management and the government fail to meet their demands.
The agitating employees have demanded top priority to be accorded to payment of salary.
It may be mentioned that Meghalaya Power Minister James PK Sangma had recently stated that the financial crisis in the state-owned electricity company requires a short term and long term solution even as he maintained that the government is looking for alternatives to bail MeECL out of this financial mess.