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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Govt staff body likely to serve 21-day strike notice

Protest against delay in implementation of 7th pay panel

PANJIM: The Goa Government Employees’ Association (GGEA) is likely to serve a 21-day strike notice on the government in the wake of delay in implementation of the VIIth Pay Commission and create awarness about the same.
The Central Working Committee of GGEA will be meeting on Monday to discuss on the pay commission and to take a stand against government’s delay in implementation.

“I am personally of the opinion that GGEA have to serve 21-day strike notice to the government and strike work by creating awareness amongst all the stakeholders,” Association president John Nazareth said in a press statement issued on Sunday.
“However, will abide by whatever decision is adopted by the Central Working Committee meeting scheduled on Monday,” he stated.
Meanwhile, GGEA has cautiously welcomed Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar’s  decision for upgradation of Group ‘C’ category employees to Group ‘D’ by granting pay scale of Rs 5200-20,200 plus grade pay of Rs 1800 per month. “But disappointed that the said reason is considered as a technical reason for delay in implementation of the pay commission,” Nazareth said.
“GGEA welcomes the decision cautiously because nothing has been spelt out how the benefit will be given,” he said.
Raising displeasure over the entire delay, GGEA said that the people involved in undertaking the entire financial excercise should have done the work soon after Chief Minister made announcement on the floor of the House for rise in pay scale from November. “GGEA finds it difficult to digest excuses given by Chief Minister and feel there is some hanky-panky going on to deny the recommendation of the pay commission to the employees,” President alleged.
The Association has raised apprehension that Government may soon take the further excuse of Code of Conduct in wake of Assembly election, the further prolong the implementation.

Herald Goa News

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