Govt Employees In This State Demand 43% Salary Hike, Receive Only 7.5% Hike | Announce Protests
Government employees of Telangana are enraged at the meager 7.5 percent salary hike over basic pay that is granted to them. They have taken to the streets to protest against the Pay Revision Commission (PRC) report.
The employees’ demand is that nothing less than a 43 percent fitment (salary hike) will be acceptable to them.
Read on to find out all the details!
Telangana Employees Protesting At 7.5% Hike; Demanding 43% Hike
Slogans are being raised against the government, on the streets in Hyderabad and other parts of the state as well. Protestors have also set fire to the PRC report and are also protesting at the temporary secretariat BRK Bhavan.
The PRC report has recommended that 7.5% fitment (a formula for determining the pay of employees in the revised pay scales) on basic pay for all government employees.
However, leaders of the employees’ unions have said that the Pay Reduction Commission is a great disappointment to them.
A unit of employees’ leaders met the committee headed by Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar. They have also warned the committee that if their demands were not met, they will go on a strike.
This was the first PRC in Telangana and the leaders had some huge expectations from the PRC; they expected that it would increase their self-respect.
As per the President of Telangana Non-Gazetted Officers’ Association (TNGO), M Rajender, the PRC’s recommendation for 7.5 per cent fitment is not agreeable.
He said, “The employees had thought that after formation of Telangana state, they will get reasonable salaries but PRC report has come as a huge disappointment to over nine lakh employees.”
PRC Also Recommended HRA Cut; Employees Not Happy
He also stated that when the state was facing a financial crunch during COVID-19, the employees of the government were very helpful. He also claimed that the economy is now improving.
As per Rajender, in the past, the government had given 43 per cent fitment and demanded that the same should be offered to the employees now as well.
Another recommendation by the PRC has also got on the employees’ nerves, which is to cut down HRA. The employees union’s demand was a minimum pay scale of Rs. 25000, and that granted to them was Rs. 19000.
The only positive recommendation for employees was changing the retirement age from 58 to 60.