Maharashtra govt is presently dealing with protests and back to back strikes. After the Maratha community protest, Govt employees came up with demands and declared three days strike.

Maharashtra Rajya Sarkari Karmachari Madhyavarti Sanghatna general secretary Avinash Daund accused govt of “lip service” given to the govt employees for their demands. He said that various essential services would be affected including govt hospitals as the class 3 and 4 government employees had joined the strike.

Milind Sardeshmukh, President of the organization which switched for protest said: “About 17 lakh government employees from various departments, including Zilla parishads, teachers and state-run corporations, will take part in the three-day strike”.

Mr Milind showed his dissatisfaction from Govt and said that govt employees didn’t receive the arrears which were allocated to them after the sixth pay commission.

Approx 1.85 lakh posts of class 3 and class 4 employees were lying vacant in Maharashtra in which around 30-40 per cent of total posts were vacant in hospitals and other govt essential departments.

The  K P Bakshi committee appointed by the govt for implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission’s recommendations was just stuck to the numbers of meeting with various departments for last one and a half years.

The govt even rejected the demand for filling up 30,000 posts on the compassionate ground. The dodging attitude of the govt to fill up vacant posts in various departments resulted in the increase of workload over the govt employees.

He further added that govt only provided assurance for raising the retirement age from 58 years to 60 years, continuation of the old pension scheme, five-day week working system and two-year child care leave to women employees.

Daud said that their organisation does not support contract labourers and outsourcing of some government jobs to the private sector.

The Maharashtra govt said that the strike would be dealt as misbehaviour and disciplinary action would proceed against them. The govt would follow the policy of ‘kaam nahi, vetan nahi’ in the state.

The state govt ordered the employees of essential services like hospitals, water supply and fire brigade to not become the part of the strike otherwise provisions of the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA)  would be called against them.

The Chief Minister had already announced that recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission would be implemented for state government employees from coming year i.e January 2019.

Devendra Fadnavis said,”The arrears of Seventh Pay Commission will be given with retrospective effect from January 2016, while the Dearness Allowance will be given retrospectively for the last 14 months”.

The call for protest and demonstrations are rights of the people but one should not ignore the fact that it hammers the services provided to the common people. The long period of protest will create disturbances and end up peace. Instead of being a rebel, one should try to connect the government.