Non-gazetted employees face Govt crackdown
Striking non-gazetted employees (NGEs) and the state government appear headed for a confrontation following the refusal of the employees to respond to the Govt notice asking them to resume duty by Wednesday or face disciplinary action. Aloke Chatterjee reports.patna Updated: Jan 21, 2009 20:23 IST
Striking non-gazetted employees (NGEs) and the state government appear headed for a confrontation following the blunt refusal of the employees to respond to the government notice asking them to resume duty by Wednesday or face disciplinary action.
The government had warned the employees to initiate action against them under the Bihar Government Servant Conduct Rules 1976 if they fail to resume duty by Wednesday. Under the rules, employees’ salary could be deducted or they could be placed under suspension.
However, the employees' remained adamant continued with the strike. In fact some more employees' association including the Bihar Agriculture Service Association joined the strike on WEdnesday. “Such threats will have no impact on the NGEs. The Government may as well ask the police to fire on us, we will settle for nothing less than a negotiated settlement of our demands”, said Manjul Kumar Das, general secretary of Bihar State Non-Gazetted Employees’ Federation (BSNGEF).
So far, the Government has been insistent on not formally inviting the NGEs for talks. It hinted on several occasions that the NGEs were welcome to negotiate without a formal invitation. Undoubtedly, the stalemate has virtually brought governance to a standstill. “Yet, it is shocking that the Government wants us to come to the negotiating table unilaterally”, charged BSNGEF (Gope Faction) general secretary Baliram Prasad.
Meanwhile, the State Gazetted Officers’ Federation met representatives of 28 Government departments and decided to defer their decision to join the strike on Wednesday in view of the Republic Day.
The vice resident and general secretary of the Federation, Rishikesh Pathak and Devanand Prasad Singh respectively, said the Mahasangh members would wear black badges at work between January 21 and 24 followed by a pen down strike between January 27 and 31. “If our demand is not conceded by then, we will hold a meeting on February 1 to finalise the date of joining the strike.