Himachal Revenue Officers Association (HROA) vice-president Jai Gopal Sharma in a statement issued here on Wednesday said the HROA had suspended its agitation till November 9 and allowed its members to take additional charge of vacant posts, which was earlier denied by the members.
Sharma said the decision was taken after a successful meeting and assurances by principal secretary (revenue) Tarun Shridhar.
He also appreciated efforts of Shridhar for amicable solutions of the issues of the HROA and avoided direct confrontation with the state government over the long pending demands.
“Though the principal secretary (revenue) has given us assurance to put our demands in the cabinet meeting, but the HROA will stringent its agitation if our long pending demands are not accepted” he said.
Notable that the HROA has been protesting against the government's action of reducing promotion quota and reiterated its demand for 35% escalation in the promotion quota for induction into the Himachal Administrative Services (HAS) cadre.
“Revenue officers (ROs) play an instrumental role and direct interface between the common man and the government. ROs are earning revenue worth crores and work as an instrumental force to implement government schemes, but are deprived of their genuine rights” he said.
He added that the revenue officers (ROs) had a huge cadre of tehsildars and naib tehsildars of more than 330 and if the lowest level officers from patwari, which were the feeder posts to revenue officers cadre, were taken into account, it would be a staggering figure of more than 5,000, but were deprived of genuine rights.
He said the HROA had also demanded hike in registration allowance from 200 to 2,500 per month and vehicle facility for the ROs to perform duties of protocol and disaster, while maintaining law and order situation throughout the year.