No climb-down on stir
Unfazed by the state government’s strict stance on the proposed mass leave programme of the united forum of employee unions on January 31, the employees are now determined to make the mass leave programme a huge success. Under the banner of Uttarakhand Adhikari/ Karamchari/ Shikshak coordination committee, the employee unions have decided to go on a mass leave on January 31. The committee has also given a call to all the employees to assemble at Parade Ground on February 4 for a mega show of strength. Meanwhile, the state government has toughened its stand on the proposed strike.
In a letter directed to all the heads of departments, the additional chief secretary, Radha Raturi has sternly directed that leave to any employee should not be granted under any circumstances on January 31. Notably, the government has imposed a complete ban on the strike. ACS Om Prakash also convened a meeting of all the secretaries, additional secretaries and the heads of departments at the state secretariat on Tuesday afternoon to take stock of the situation.
Unperturbed by the stance of the government, the coordination committee, the umbrella organisations of all the unions of employees, teachers and contractual workers of Uttarakhand Puva Sanik Kalyan Nigam Limited (UPNL) held a meeting in Dehradun and reaffirmed that all of 3.5 lakh employees would go for the mass leave programme on January 31 as decided earlier, come what may. Throwing a dare to the government, the agitating employees constituted a committee to ensure that the agitation plan proves a mega success.
Recently the state government had given its clearance to payment of allowances due to the employees under the VII pay commission. The House Rent Allowance ( HRA) of the employees was fixed at 5, 7 and 9 percent of the basic salary depending on the type of city the employee is posted. With it, the government abolished 15 types of allowances the employees used to receive. The employee associations which were waiting for the declaration of the allowances for long and putting pressure on the government to release them became enraged with this decision and declared agitation plan.
The employees want the HRA be given on the lines of the Union government where 8, 16 and 24 percent of HRA is paid to the employees.
The coordination committee has also released a 10 –point charter of demands to the government.
A prominent employee leader Arun Pandey said that the employees have now made up their mind to take their agitation to its logical end, irrespective of consequences.
Strike call amounts to contempt of court, DMs told to maintain law & order
Regarding the strike call by Government employees under the banner of Uttarakhand Adhikari-Karmchari-Shikshak Samanvay Samiti on January 31 and February 4, additional chief secretary Om Prakash has directed that for a uniform solution to the issues of employees, the committee under additional chief secretary, Personnel, Radha Raturi should consistently review and work towards solving these issues. He further said that full security will be provided to those who wish to work on the dates when the strike is slated to be held. The employees taking leave on January 31 and February 4 should not be allowed entry in the secretariat, he added.
He also directed all departmental heads to form grievance committees for finding solutions to employees’ issues. Meetings should be held every three months for redressal of problems raised by the employees. All district magistrates were directed to ensure law and order during the said time period. Directions were also issued to facilitate closed circuit television cameras and videography at various spots in the city to keep an eye on the employees on strike.
Additional chief secretary, Personnel and Vigilance, Radha Raturi reiterated that the proposed strike is prohibited under the state employees conduct rules. She clarified that the department had already written for implementation of the orders of the high court in the PIL in the matter of prevention of recurrent strikes organised by various government/non government unions/organisations. Strikes/work boycott by employees organisations in support of their demands cause much inconvenience to the public and delay implementation of various schemes of the government. She further said that the strike notice given by the employees committee amounts to contempt of the orders of the high court. She requested the employees to withdraw the strike call, to avoid inconveniencing the public. The state government had taken various decisions in the interests of the employees. Officers should ensure that no leaves are granted on the planned days of strike, said Raturi adding that anyone who takes leave on the said dates will be considered to have participated in the strike.
Wednesday, 30 January 2019 | PNS | Dehradun
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