WORK AT the administrative hub of the State – Mantralaya — along with various offices of head of the departments and at several district headquarters was adversely affected today because of the State employeess’ strike. Employee leaders warned that if the government did not redress their demands, they would proceed on indefinite strike from November 8.
The Karmachari Adhikari Samyukta Sangharsh Samiti had given the call for today’s strike that had maximum impact in Mantralaya where over 90 per cent employees remained on strike. Similarly, health services across the State were also affected because of the strike.
There was partial impact in Satpura and Vindhyachal complexes that house head of the departments’ offices. In districts, more than 70 per cent employees remained on work.
Talking to newspersons at Mantralaya, Principal Secretary, General Administration Department, Khushiram, admitted that the strike hit the work in Mantralaya. However, he asserted the entire State was not affected. “Today’s strike was below 30 per cent successful in the entire State,” he said. He further said that strike also affected work in some directorates but
failed to make any significant impact in districts.
On the contrary, employee leaders claimed that strike was 87 per cent successful. In Bhopal, employees gathered at Tin Shed — some of them reached at the venue in the form of rallies — and participated in a meeting addressed by senior employee leaders.
The union leaders said that success of the strike proved that threats of break in service, non-payment of salary during the strike period and that of disciplinary action against the agitating staff failed to dampen the spirits of employees.
Dr Satyanarayan Singh, L N Kailasiya, Pramod Upadhyay, Virendra Khongal, Ajay Shrivastava, Niraj Shrivastava and others addressed the meeting. They demanded the State Government to merge 50 per cent DA in basic salaries of employees.
Terming implementation of Brahmaswaroop Committee’s recommendations as a mere eyewash, employee leaders said that instead of giving benefits of the Committee from January 1996, the BJP Government implemented it from April 2006, thereby causing huge loss to employees. They urged the employees to prepare themselves to make the proposed indefinite strike from November 8 successful.