Employees’ agitation returns to haunt the state government.
Demanding the implementation of the sixth pay commission and benefits equivalent to the central government employees and parity in their pay bands, state employees have again threatened strike from September 12 if their demands are not met.
Employees’ leaders alleged despite assurance, the government failed to constitute a committee to redress employees’ problems.
They fear once the code of conduct is implemented in the state, the government would not accept their demands.
“We have given an ultimatum to the state government that if our demands are not met by September 11, we will go on strike from the next day,” said Mahendra Singh of Akhil Rajasthan Rajya Karamchari Sanyukt Sangh.
Singh said last month employees staged a 10-day Mahapadav at Udyog Maidan. At the meting, chief minister Ashok Gehlot had assured to form a committee to look into employees’ demands.
“The government has forgotten all its assurances. No committee has been formed so far, then how will the government get the report? Once the code of conduct is implemented, the government will not be in a position to do anything. Gehlot is deliberately delaying the matter so he can use code of conduct as an excuse for not fulfilling our demands,” said Singh.
Hardly 12 days are left in implementation of the code of conduct and employees have no option, but to go on strike, he added.
In August, state employees had organised a Mahapadav at Udyog Maidan demanding parity in pay scale, restructuring the subordinate ministerial service by giving promotion, increase the cadre by giving third promotion of gazetted officer-level and other benefits equivalent to central employees. After 10 days, CM Gehlot had visited Mahapadav, urging employees to end stir. After three rounds of talks, employees had withdrawn strike after getting govt assurance.