Cong demands white paper on employment

Tuesday, 03 August 2021 | PNS | Dehradun

Claims made by different CMs on employment generation are confusing- Godiyal

The Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) president Ganesh Godiyal has demanded that the Uttarakhand government should release a white paper on employment. He said that a condition of confusion has been created by the statements of different chief ministers on employment and this confusion should be cleared. Addressing media persons at Rajiv Bhawan here on Monday, Godiyal said that the condition of unemployment in Uttarakhand is grave. He said that it is unfortunate that the first CM confused people by stating that 7.50 lakh employment were given by his government while the second CM talked about 22000 jobs. He added that the new CM is talking about giving 10 lakh jobs so the prevailing confusion should be cleared.

Taking up the issue of the employees of the state government, the PCC president said that like other states the Uttarakhand government had put a freeze on the Dearness Allowance (DA) of employees but now when the union and other governments have removed the freeze the Uttarakhand government is on a sleeping mode on the issue. He said that the DA is the constitutional right of the employees and that too has been slashed. He said that the UPNL workers were on strike for more than two months on their demands and cabinet ministers Harak Singh Rawat and Ganesh Joshi had visited their agitation and gave assurance to them. Godiyal said that even after many rounds of talks the justified demands of the UPNL workers are still unresolved. The Congress leader said that the pay disparities in the salary of employees of different departments still persist.

He said that the state government had taken a decision to increase the stipend of the guest teachers from Rs 15000 to Rs 25000 per month but even after one month of the decision the Government Order (GO) for it has not been issued. The PCC president took the state government to task for not being able to organise the recruitment examination to fill 2600 posts of nursing services of health services. 

On the issue of grade pay of the police personnel, Godiyal said that it is probably for the first time in the history of the state that the family members of the police personnel are forced to hit the roads. “ In the last eight months the double engine government has set up one committee after another on the issue of grade pay of police personnel but the problem persists,’’ he said.

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