Pune: State government employees have threatened to go on an agitation on Thursday. The State Government Employees Central Union, the apex body of the employees union, called for a Mahamorcha on Thursday.
About 16 lakh employees threatened to participate in the agitationsa under the leadership of RG Karnik, a senior leader of the State employees union. State government employees demanded the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission. The State Government Employees Union has been demanding immediate implementation of the pay commission.
The State government employees agitation may add to the woes of the State, as there are already many problems before the State government. Considering the fact that the State government declared that the State Government Employees Central Union is not an authorised organisation, the employees participating in the agitation during working hours will have to face disciplinary action from their concerned departments.
Gajanan Shete, Secretary of the Union, said, “Apart from the 7th Pay Commission, our demand is also to extend the retirement age to 60 years. But that doesn’t seem to be happening anytime soon. The issue of dearness allowances of the State government employees is still pending before the government. If the government doesn’t budge, we will go on an indefinite strike.”
According to rough estimates, Rs 24,000 crore is required to implement the 7th Pay Commission. The State government is already reeling under severe debt and fiscal deficit. The State has a debt of Rs 3,85,000 crore for the financial year 2016-17. A sum of Rs 25,000 crore is paid only as an interest over the debt.
This fiscal, the figure is likely to cross Rs 4,00,000 crore.
Presently, the State has a fiscal deficit of Rs 5,511 crore. The demand, coming at such a crucial juncture, has only added to the worries of the government.