Pune: Around 17 lakh State government employees began their three-day strike on Tuesday to press for various demands, including implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission report. Due to the strike, all documentation work at the Regional Transport Office (RTO) has been adversely affected.
“We have a long list of demands that we are demanding since two years. Government employees are yet to receive arrears accrued to them since the implementation of the Sixth Pay Commission by the State government. The demand for filling up 30,000 posts on compassionate ground has also not been accepted by the State government,” Maruti Shinde of Madyawarti Sangathna of Pune said.
“The State is dilly-dallying on the issue of granting Dearness Allowance arrears for 14 months despite issuing a Government Resolution to this effect. The government’s reluctance to fill up vacant posts in various departments has increased the workload on employees. The government has not done anything beyond giving assurances for raising the retirement age from 58 years to 60 years, five-day week working system, continuation of the old pension scheme and two-year child care leave to women employees,” he said.
Applicants who reached the RTO for different works had to return empty handed as more than 500 employees of all RTOs including Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Baramati, Akluj and Solapur shut their work. Rajesh Patwardhan (21) reached Pune RTO office for renewal of his licence and had to submit the documents related to it, but returned home without any work done. “I was told by a staff that I have to submit all my documents on Tuesday. When I reached here, it surprised me that they were not at work. I will have to visit again on the next working day,” he said.