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Govt staff seek 6th pay panel

THE GOVERNMENT Employees? National Confederation, affiliated to Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh ( BMS), has decided to hold a symbolic strike in support of its demand for constitution of the sixth pay commission all over country on August 10. National president of BMS Girish Awasthi expressed surprise over the delay in constitution of the sixth pay commission and said the commission should have been constituted within two months of the announcement by the Prime Minister.

india Updated: Jun 11, 2006 00:01 IST

THE GOVERNMENT Employees’ National Confederation, affiliated to Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh ( BMS), has decided to hold a symbolic strike in support of its demand for constitution of the sixth pay commission all over country on August 10.

National president of BMS Girish Awasthi expressed surprise over the delay in constitution of the sixth pay commission and said the commission should have been constituted within two months of the announcement by the Prime Minister.

The stipulated timeframe had ended and no formal announcement had been made so far.

Talking to newsmen,  Awasthi blamed the Union government for the delay. He said technically the commission was to be constituted in January 2003 and its recommendations should have been implemented by January 2006. The workers’ unions had postponed their proposed agitation in March 2006, after the government’s assurance but with nothing in sight, a nationwide agitation had become inevitable.

Awasthi said the employees were upset over the way the government had treated the issue. Even after repeated attempts, the PMO had not allotted any time to the employees to meet the PM. Awasthi said that a symbolic strike call would be given under the banner of  Government Employees National Confederation affiliated to the BMS.

Gate meetings and protests would be organised by the staff of various Union and State government departments at their establishments from July 17 to July 20. They include postal, railway, income tax, defence and many more.

When asked about taking support of other workers’ unions, Awasthi said that  the BMS would welcome all other workers’ organisations, if they joined. However, he added that this time the BMS was leading the move, because last time the leaders of other unions could not stick to the joint decision of all unions.

Therefore, being the largest trade union, the BMS would spearhead the movement for constitution of the commission.