Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Pay hike update in states : Maharasta, Meghalaya, Jammu & Kashmir

Maharastra health directorate officials go on strike

Around 8000 doctors and senior officials of Maharashtra Health services went on an indefinite agitation from today demanding implementation of 6th Pay Commission report at par with the Centre.

The doctors are also demanding non-practising allowances, filling up of 2028 vacancies for health officers at various levels and promotion of the Dynamic Assured Progress Carrier Scheme (DAPCS).

The 'non-cooperation' strike will affect services in 2300 institutions including 1817 primary health care centres, 443 rural and cottage hospitals in Maharashtra. If the strike extends beyond July 22, it would also hamper the swine flu surveillance programme.

Doctors including senior health officers, deputy directors of the Health directorate all over the state are on mass leave and have stopped all non-emergency services including admission of patients, General Secretary of Federation of Health officers, Maharashtra, Dr Ashok Kamble told reporters here.
Source : PTI

Over 13,000 non-teaching staff in Maharastra threaten to go on strike

After university and college teachers, around 13,000 non-teaching staff from the state has also threatened to go on strike. While the workers will hold strike in stages, their major demand includes implementation of Sixth Pay Commission (SPC) recommendations. A total of 1500 workers from UoP will also be a part of this strike.

“We will be holding a public meeting on Thursday outside the University of Pune (UoP), followed by a morcha at the office of joint director of education on July 31. We are planning no-work agitation from August 1 to 3 and total strike on August 4,” said Rajabhau Nerlekar, vice president, Maharashtra Vidyapeeth Karmachari Mahasangh (Maharashtra Universities’ non-teaching staff association). Non-teaching staff from all non-agriculture universities in the state, IGNOU and Maharashtra University of Health Sciences –Nasik is also participating in the strike.

Meanwhile, the Maharashtra Federation of University and College Teachers’ Organisations (MFUCTO) will be holding a massive demonstration outside the Nasik collectorate during a special cabinet meeting scheduled on Wednesday. “After this, we plan to take to the roads and hold morchas at various places,” said Atul Bagul, president, Pune University Teachers’ Association (PUTA) on Monday. Around 50,000 college teachers from the state have joined the strike called by Maharashtra Federation of University and College Teachers’ Organisations (MFUCTO) that is being supported by the non-teaching staff.

Source : Indian Express.

Model code of conduct and financial crisis may delay pay rise in Meghalaya

The model code of conduct which came into effect from July 16 for Laitumkhrah byelection coupled with the financial crisis may delay the early implementation of the Fourth Pay Commission for Meghalaya employees.

After a recent meeting of the state cabinet, chief minister D.D. Lapang said the state government would ask for a one-time grant of Rs 562 crore from the Prime Minister to implement the Fourth Pay Commission recommendations from this year.

Though Lapang has been camping in Delhi along with his deputy Mukul Sangma and other state officials for the past week to meet Manmohan Singh and submit the memorandum regarding more funds for the pay hike, no such meeting took place.

The Meghalaya employees wanted the implementation of the Fourth Pay Commission by July 31, but that could prove a far-fetched dream.

The model code of conduct, which has come into effect from July 16 because of the byelection, an official source said, would delay the announcement of the pay package even if the Centre approves the Meghalaya government’s demand.

After the Fourth Pay Commission submitted its recommendations at the end of last year, the state government had constituted an empowered committee to examine the percentage of the pay hike to be given to the government employees. Meghalaya, the committee figured out, needed more than Rs 500 crore a year to fully implement the recommendations of the pay panel.

The state government had only given an interim relief of 10 per cent of basic pay including dearness allowance subject to the minimum of Rs 400 per month from December last year to the government employees after receiving the report of the pay panel.

Source : The Telegraph.

Jammu & Kashmir : 4.5 lakh employees to strike work today

More than 4.5 lakh government employees would go on a two-day strike from Wednesday, Employees Joint Action Committee decided Tuesday.
EJAC spokesperson said the employees would go ahead with their programme to hold protest and strike on July 22 and 23 respectively to press implementation of 6th Pay Commission recommendations.
EJAC (Q) president Abdul Qayoom Wani told Rising Kashmir the employees would stage demonstrations in all district headquarters and towns across the Valley on July 22.
“In Srinagar,” he said, “the employees would assemble outside all the central offices like Directorate of Education, SMC, SMHS, Agriculture complex Lal mandi and at SK Park and stage protests. The protest will continue till 12 noon and later the employees under the banner of Joint Consultative Committee - an amalgam of various government employee associations - will assemble at Sheri Kashmir park.”
Qayoom said on July 23, complete lock-out would be observed. “Nearly 4.5 lakh state government employees would go on strike on the day,” he said.
EJAC (Q) president said the government in March this year had entered into an agreement with the employees and agreed to implement the 6th Pay Commission recommendations. “The government had agreed to release the arrears in yearly installments. But nothing substantial has materialized since then,” he said.
The demands of the employees include release of arrears from January 1, 2006 in the form of cash, Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) be converted into Daily allowance (DA) and bringing of House Rent Allowance at par with the employees of other states of India.
The employees also demand enhancement of retirement age from 58 to 60, regularization of contractual, adhoc and casual workers as per the merit, amendment in the Wage Act including increase in wages of the daily wagers and casual laborers from current Rs 2,100 monthly to Rs 5,000.

Source : The Daily Rising Kashmir.

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