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PTI Last Updated at 06 Aug 2018, 22:08 IST India

Around 17 lakh employees of the

Maharashtra government would go on a three-day strike

beginning tomorrow to press for demands like implementation of

the Seventh Pay commission.

However, around 1.5 lakh gazettedofficers withdrew

from the strike after a Government Resolution (GR) was issued

tonight stating that the pending arrears of the Dearness

Allowance (DA) for a period of 14 months will be paid to them.

Another GR was issued stating that the 7th pay

commission will be implemented from January 2019.

The demand of employees for a five-day week and

raising the retirement age from 58 years to 60 years will be

taken up during Diwali, an official said tonight.

The arrears will be paid in the salaries of employees

for August month, as per the GR.

If the implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission is

delayed, the employees will get the benefit as per the wage

structure of the Central government employees from January

2019, it stated.

Earlier in the day, state Government Employees

Organisation president Nitin Sardeshmukh said class III and

class IV employees of Zilla Parishads, state hospitals, staff

working at Mantralaya (secretariat) will participate in the


"The employees of the Central government have been

getting the benefits of the 7th pay commission since 2016.

Seven state governments have implemented the pay commission,"

he said.

Sardeshmukh said the employees are yet to receive the

arrears accrued to them since the implementation of the sixth

Pay Commission by the state government.

He said 1.85 lakh posts of class III and class IV

employees are lying vacant in Maharashtra.

"Moreover, the demand for filling up 30,000 posts on

compassionate grounds is also not accepted by the state

government," Sardesmukh claimed.

He said around 30 to 40 per cent of total posts are

lying vacant in hospitals and other essential services


A General Administration Department (GAD) official

said the employees working in essential services deparments

like hospitals, fire brigade, water supply etc. have been

directed not to join the strike, or else provisions of

Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) will be invoked

against them.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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