Chhattisgarh government staff strike over pay

August 21st, 2008 - 2:49 pm ICT by IANS  

Raipur, Aug 21 (IANS) Over 250,000 Chhattisgarh government employees went on a daylong strike Thursday demanding an immediate hike in salaries as recommended by the Sixth Pay Commission.”Government work has been paralysed as more than 250,000 officers and employees stayed away from duty,” Subhash Mishra, convenor of the Chhattisgarh Employees-Officers Joint Forum, told IANS.

“We will go on an indefinite strike if the government does not raise salaries,” he added. “The state government must immediately accept the Pay Commission recommendations.”

Reports reaching here say the strike was a total success in all the 18 districts. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Chhattisgarh will likely implement the pay panel’s suggestion given forthcoming assembly polls in October-November.

The central government Aug 14 approved the new pay scale structure for five million government employees. This will see an average salary increase of 21 percent, and cost the exchequer Rs.221.31 billion in the current fiscal.

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