THE STATE Government on Tuesday warned of disciplinary action against employees taking part in a proposed strike on Wednesday. The government issued a order, cautioning them against taking part in any sit-in, demonstration and strike or going on mass leave without sanction.
Many employee associations have called the one-day strike. Some associations decided not to join the strike, alleging that a political party had sponsored it.
Unfazed by the government warning, the associations that called the strike remained busy mobilising support and making arrangements. Leaders of these associations said the strike would be successful, claiming full support of the State Government employees, staff of State-owned boards and corporations and daily wagers. A large number of employees had applied for casual leave, they claimed.
The MP Class III Government Employees Association, Laghu Vetan Karmachari Sangh, MP Gazetted Officers Association, Madhya Pradesh Karmachari Congress and others have called the strike.
Though the leaders claimed that the strike would be a success, the government order on disciplinary action is likely to affect the stir. Strike supporters said their action was aimed at drawing the attention of the Government towards long-pending demands of employees.
The General Administration Department has sent guidelines to departments, saying that sit-in, dharna and mass leave amounted to misconduct under the MP Civil Service (conduct) Rules, 1965. The departments should not pay salaries to such employees for the days they remained absent. Leaves for these days would not be sanctioned and the period of their absence would be treated as a break in service.
The directives said ‘whenever government servants indulge in indiscipline by remaining absent in unauthorised manner, the competent authorities should take disciplinary action on merit of the case.’
MP Karmachari Manch president Ashok Pandey in a statement said thousands of daily-wage employees submitted CL applications. Semi Government Employees Federation president Anil Bajpai said his association was supporting the strike. Bajpai also urged the State Government to fulfil the demands of employees and of those working in boards and corporations.
Striking a different note, Shaskiya Adhikari Karmachari Sangh president O P Gaur said it was unfortunate that some employee associations were adopting a path of confrontation at a time when the State Government was fulfilling their demands.