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,"
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
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