PUNE: Employees of Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) conducted an agitation in front of main corporation building which created traffic congestion on Tuesday afternoon. The employees protested against the state government’s order to cut down the salary of civic employees and equalise it with the grade pay of State government employees.
According to the Recruitment Rules of guidelines, State has issued directives to PMC to match its salary structure with the State government. The civic body has already begun the procedure which was objected by PMC employees’ union.
The PMC employees’ union gave applications to Mayor Mukta Tilak, Shrinath Bhimale, Leader of the House of corporation and Standing Committee Chairman Yogesh Mulik saying civic body should stop the procedure to lower the salaries of their employees.
The civic body’s’ work is different than that of State government’s. A corporation is carrying out different essential work including solid waste collection, health-related services, fire, water supply etc. Its pay grade is higher than the State government, it is not a new thing. The union has also demanded to transfer Additional Municipal Commissioner Sheetal Ugale and Deputy Municipal Commissioner of Establishment Department Anil Muley back to the State government.
The union members alleged that both the officers have deliberately started procedure and are of the view to implement the same forcefully. “They are working against the corporation. So, they should be sent back to the state government,” members said. Bhimale has given assurance to consider their demand after proper inquiry of matter.
In 2014, Pune Municipal Corporation had submitted Recruitment Rules (RR) to the State government for the final approval. It was approved in 2015. While approving it, the State government had put a condition that corporation’s grade pay should match with that of the State government.