UP govt employees strike: Functioning crippled in govt hospital, offices

Lucknow : Functioning in the government hospitals and offices of Uttar Pradesh were hit today on the second day of the three-day strike by the state employees and teachers, over their long-pending demands. Around 16 lakh employees and teachers had gone on strike from yesterday 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. Functioning in all the government hospitals and departments have been affected due to the strike Council's president Hari Kishore Tiwari claimed here the strike was totally successful, with most of the associations supporting them." We are forced to go on strike as the state government refused to implement the demands of the employees even after admitting to enforce it before the Allahabad High court," he stated. 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. 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 from yesterday. The sweepers were holding demonstrations in Lucknow since yesterday and they are demanding cancellation of the reservation system in the appointment of sweepers and abolishing of the contractual system.

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