1.7 Million Maharashtra Govt Employees Launch 3-Day Strike

| August 7 , 2018 , 08:55 IST

Around 1.7 million Maharashtra state government employees are launching a 3-day strike from Tuesday to press for their demands which include implementation of the 7th Pay Commission which was implemented for the central government in 2016.

According to Maharashtra State Employees Organisation (MSEO) President Milind Sardeshmukh, all the employees including those at taluka levels, educational and medical institutions and others will be joining the strike.

Government office work is likely to be affected at the headquarter, Mantralaya, collectorate, tehsil and taluka levels.

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"The government has been sitting on our demands, including implementation of the Pay Commission report, effective from January 1, 2016, despite the assurance by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis," Sardeshmukh said.

He added that the Maharashtra State Gazetted Officers Federation would not be joining the strike as they are hopeful that the demands would be met.

The MSEO and the Maharashtra State Class IV Employees Association among other affiliated associations had served a notice for the strike to the General Administration Department on July 16, but there was no response from the government.

The state government, meanwhile, claims that it is waiting for the K.P. Bakshi Committee report as implementing the 7th Pay Commission recommendation would result in an additional burden of Rs 21,000 crore on the debt-hit state.

Other demands of the protesters include implementation of a 5-day week, increase in retirement age from 58 years to 60 years and filling of the more than 2 lakh vacancies in the state. Although state government officials did state that they would start a mega recruitment for 70,000 posts, unions claim that the 70,000 posts are not enough.