Thursday, November 22, 2012

State employees threaten to teach govt a lesson in poll year

Say it will intensify agitation if demands are not met
DNA Correspondent l


Thousands of state government employees from various departments and federations converged at the Income-Tax circle on Sunday morning to press for their demand for proper implementation of the 6th pay commission. These employees came together under the Gujarat government employee co-ordination committee to demand their 'rights' in the election year.

The rally began from Income tax crossroads and travelled to Vijay crossroads finally converging at a meeting at the AES ground. Speaking about the injustice metted out to them, convener of the Samiti, Chandu Joshi said that if their demands are not met, they will teach the government a lesson in these elections.

“We have been representing our case for long but nobody has bothered to address them. Bureaucrats who have no interest in solving our problems are sent as emissaries. We want to talk to a minister or other such person concerned,” said Joshi. He further said that while the government had given them salary as per the 6th pay commission the allowances were still being doled out as per the 5th pay commission.

Joshi said as part of their protest, state government employees will go on a mass leave on September 29. “A Hanuman Chalisa recital will also be held on September 4 so that God can help impart some wisdom to the state government,” said Joshi.

In all, close to 13 federations of state government employees including that of teachers, doctors, panchayat workers and 200 organisations participated in the event. City police, meanwhile were on their toes. In the morning several roads leading to income tax were barricaded by the police. A top official on duty said that altogether 700 policemen had been pressed into service. “Ten inspectors, 200 traffic cops, one company of SRP are on duty among other to ensure that the rally is without incident,” said the official.

The speakers at the event demanded an end to outsourcing of work to private companies and reinstatement of fixed pay employees as permanent employees. “They have practically eradicated class IV employees. Beware or soon even other classes of employees will no more be needed,” said DK Rajvi, president of class IV employee association.