After chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan ‘failed’ to assure action against those who had allegedly assaulted government employees recently, the Confederation of Government Employees’ Associations has decided to go ahead with their proposed shut down on Wednesday, the day when the assembly’s budget session commences.
Earlier in the day, representatives of various government employee associations met the chief minister. The meeting went on for about half an hour but the two parties were unable to work out a compromise, said president of Madhya Pradesh Administrative Service Association (MPASA) GP Mali.
Members of the association produced ‘credible’ evidences of the involvement of BJP workers on the assault on sub-divisional magistrate Raghogarh earlier this month. Representatives of the MPASA had also met the chief secretary on Monday and had pressed their case but the talks had apparently produced no results.
About 6 -7 lakh government employees across the state will participate in the total shut down that is expected to cripple administrative work on Wednesday. Mali said emergency service departments like healthcare, electricity and water supply would not be part of the agitation.
Government employees will gather at the collector’s office at 10:30 am in all the districts across the state and take a pledge to protect their dignity at work places. This will be followed by a meeting, in which a resolution will be passed to discharge their duties without fear and without relenting to outside pressures.
Several other government employee associations, including Junior Administrative Officers Association, Superintendent of Land Records Association (SLRA), Revenue Inspector Association (RIA), Patwari Association (PA), Revenue Services Employees Association (RSEA), police, clerical cadre and several others have joined hands with MPASA in their strike.
Political parties have also come out in support of the strike by government employees. State Congress chief Arun Yadav said government employees were harassed by BJP workers often.
He said the state government should come forward to protect their dignity. Yadav said: “The ‘gundaraj’ of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad and BJP workers have been going on for more than 10 years, and government employees and the public are suffering.”
Aam Aadmi Party state secretary Akshay Hunka also expressed his support for government employees at a press conference. He said employees had to undergo physical and mental harassment by BJP workers. He added that the state government should come forward and take action against such ‘criminals’ and implement the Public Servants Disclosure Protection Act.