Aizawl, June 21: Accusing the state government of giving step-motherly treatment to Muster Roll (MR) employees, National Trade Union of Mizoram (NTUM) on Thursday demanded that a separate pay structure should be created for and leave entitlement should be given to the employees before election model code of conduct is in place.
Elections to 40 assembly seats in Mizoram are due at the end of this year.Speaking to reporters at a press conference here on Thursday, NTUM president C. Remtluanga said there are about 9,000 MR employees working in 55 departments under the state government, who are given minimum wages.
He said that the MR employees are employed and governed by Labour law as per which they are entitled to certain benefits. But none of the benefits enshrined in the Labour law are enjoyed by the employees, Remtluanga alleged.
While the government was expected to give certain benefits to the MR employees as per the labour law, Employee Provident Fund (EPF) and gratuity are not entitled to them, he said.
He said that the employees did enjoy nothing except the rules that they will be retired on attaining 60 years of age, Remtluanga said.
Stating that the MR employees in Mizoram are facing worse condition as they are deprived of their rights as compared to MR employees in other states, the NTUM president asked the state government to alleviate them to higher category.
He also demanded the state government to raise wages for the employees by creating separate pay structure and give them leave provisions.
He, however, lauded the state government for raising MR quota from 25 per cent to 35 per cent.