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Employees warned Govt. of pen drop strike from Sept. 4

The use of water cannons and tear gas shelling on employees condemned

A protest rally was at Punjab Civil Secretariat


CHANDIGARH: Today employees of the Punjab Civil Secretariat today
held a rally on the 7th Floor,(Finance Department) of the Punjab Civil Secretariat. They
condemned the firing of water cannons and tear gas on the employees of Punjab
Government who was going to hand over the memorandum to the Punjab Ministers.

It may be recalled that Punjab government employees have been protesting against the
6th pay commission and other demands for a long time. On 29th July 2021, a huge rally
was organized by the employees at Patiala in which about 1 lakh employees
participated. Following this, a round of meetings was held by the government with the
Employees Unions, especially the Punjab-UT Employees and Pensioners Joint Front in
which after deliberations the Punjab Government & Ministers Committee and Officers
Committee held a joint press conference and announced that the deducted allowances
of the employees will be reinstated and will be doubled.

The salary of each employee will be increased by at least 15%. This increase will be given to the employees on the basis of salary as of 31.12.2015 and the due arrears will be paid in 9 installments.
Employee leaders said that on 31.12.2015, their D.A. (due) was 119% while the
government is considering only 113% D.A. whereas Central Employees deputed in
Punjab Govt. such as IAS / IRS / IFS was drawing 119% of D.A on 31.12.2015.

Committee Chairman had informed the media persons that a memorandum regarding
these demands of the employees would be brought in the Cabinet meeting soon and
necessary letters regarding these demands would be issued soon so that the
employees do not go on strike and the general public should not suffer in any way. The
the last meeting of the government with the employees was held on 13.08.2021 but since
then the government has remained silent which has led to growing protests in the entire
working class. On the other hand, the Personnel department has tried to strike a blow
by repeating the instructions of & No work, no pay and once again warning the
employees not to go on Pen Down strike. No memorandum regarding the demands of
the employees were presented in the cabinet meeting held on 16.08.2021 which has
increased the unrest among the employees which resulted in the Gherao of the
ministers on 20.08.2021.

Now the employee leaders have warned the government that
if no decision is taken in the cabinet on 26.08.2021 regarding the demands of the
employees, the employees of entire Punjab will go on Pen Down strike from 04.09.2021
and Punjab Government will be responsible for this. Employees' leader Sukhchain
Khehra said that employees have no intention of harassing the people of Punjab by
going on a daily Pen Down strikes.

However, the government is running away from implementing the decisions taken in the meetings. The Punjab Government is responsible for the inconvenience caused to the residents of Punjab during the Pen
Down strike. He said that employees from all over Punjab are being mobilized for the
pen-down strike and no slack would be left in it. Long pending demands of employees
such as Pay Commission, release of DA and its arrears, old pension scheme,
withdrawal of letter dated 15.01.2015, confirmation of Adhoc/Contractual/outsourced
employees, direct recruitment of employees, etc.

Sushil Kumar, Praveen Kumar, Inderpal Bhangu, Sukhjit Kaur, Sandeep Kumar, Sahil Sharma, Gurpreet Singh from    Punjab Civil Secretariat Staff Association, Kulwant Singh from Financial Commissioner
Secretariat, Saurabh, Parvinder, Balraj Singh Daun President Punjab Civil Secretariat
Class-4 Association, Mahesh Chandra, Bajrang Yadav, etc. from the hospitality department was present.

DP Bureau
Author: DP Bureau

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