UP govt employees on 3-day strike over pending demands

UP govt employees on 3-day strike over pending demands






UP govt employees on 3-day strike over pending demands


Lucknow : Functioning in the government offices of Uttar Pradesh was partially hit today on the opening day of the three-day strike by the state employees and teachers, over their long-pending demands. Around 16 lakh employees and teachers were stated to have gone on strike from today under the banner of State Employees Joint Council and UP Secondary Education Association, encompassing around 250 smaller employee organisations. Work has been affected in the departments of Health, Education, Agriculture, PWD and other places due to the agitation. Council's president Hari Kishore Tiwari claimed here the strike on the first day was totally successful, with most of the associations supporting them. The demands of the state employees include old pension system, end of contractual system and recognisation of those working in Anganbari, MGNREGA and NHM as state employees. However, the Samajwadi Party government, in order to prevent the agitation, had recently accepted the demands of cashless health facilities for the employees and even announced HRA, at par with the Central employees. Yesterday, state Chief Secretary Deepak Singhal had also set up a high level committee for discussion of the pending demands of the state employees. UP Safai Karamachari Sangh president Jagdish Balmiki said that around 65,000 sweepers have also gone on the strike today. The sweepers are also slated to hold a demonstration in Lucknow and they are demanding cancellation of the reservation system in the appointment of sweepers and abolishing of the contractual system

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