SENIOR EMPLOYEE leader and former State vice-president of MP Class III Government Employees Association, Ganesh Dutt Joshi, today expressed his dissatisfaction over yesterday’s announcement made by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan for merging 50 per cent DA of employees with the basic salary.
In a statement issued here, Joshi said that the Union Government has given the benefit of DA merger to its employees with effect from April 2004 and officers of All India Services working in the State are also taking advantage of the merger with the same date. On the contrary, benefit of same facility given to employees and officers of Madhya Pradesh after three years. Joshi termed this as a discriminatory attitude of the State Government.
Coming down heavily on employee leaders, Joshi said that instead of exerting pressure on the Government for giving DA merger benefit on lines with the All India Services officers they are busy in expressing gratitude to the Chief Minister. Joshi further said that employees’ fraternity felt cheated with the announcement.
The veteran employee leader demanded the Chief Minister to give the benefit of DA merger from April 2004 instead of April 2007. He also urged the Chief Minister to announce a time-bound programme for giving compassionate employment.
In other statement, State president of the MP Class III Government Employees Association, Arun Dwivedi, said that employees would take out a rally on Friday to draw the attention of the State Government towards fulfilling their long-pending demands like payment of 9 per cent DA, abolition of professional tax and benefit of DA merger from April 2004.