Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu

Itanagar: Reacting sharply to the four-day state-wide strike called by the Arunachal Pradesh government employees, under the banner of the Confederation of Service Associations of Arunachal Pradesh (CoSAAP), starting from Tuesday, chief minister Prema Khandu said that under no circumstances will the state government be able to meet the demands of the employees.

In a press release issued through the social media, the CM said that under no circumstance will the state government allow itself to be coerced into accepting any unreasonable demand just because elections are a few months away. “Our government will not be forced to tread the path of appeasement politics like the past governments,” he said.

Expressing serious concern, Khandu further said that the “ever-increasing” demands of the CoSAAP can be met only after taking into account “the financial position and constraints”.

“Under no circumstances we will be able to meet all their demands at one go and that is why the Cabinet decided to increase the hard area allowance in a phased manner and also grant the HRA as per the recommendations made by the 7th Pay Commissions to group ‘C’ employees who are more in number and also getting less salary and adversely placed than the Group A and B employees,” the CM added.

Urging the employees to be supportive and understanding towards the problems faced by the state government, Khandu further said, “Employees will surely enjoy all due benefits if we work hard together. I can assure all the employees that the government will definitely look into their demands and grant them the benefits which are due to them as soon as the internal resource generation of the state improves to a point to bear the huge financial burden involved in meeting their demands.”

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