Guwahati, Sept. 5: State government employees in Assam today announced a “temporarily withdrawal” of their proposed pen-down strike on September 12 after receiving an invitation from the chief minister’s office for talks.
The president of Sadou Asom Karmachari Parishad (SAKP), Basab Kalita, said they had decided to temporarily call off their agitation after receiving a formal invite from the CMO today.
The SAKP is the apex body of the 4.5 lakh-strong workforce of the state government.
“We have been invited through a letter for a discussion with the chief minister on our demands at his office around 12.30pm on September 18,” Kalita said.
The organisation had announced the pen-down strike at its steering committee meeting on August 18 and set a 15-day deadline seeking chief minister Tarun Gogoi’s intervention for fulfilment of their demands.
Two main demands of the organisation are payment of 33 months’ arrears to the employees and a hike in the fixed pay of casual employees and muster roll workers of the state government.
“Total 33 months’ arrears are due from January 1, 2006, to September 1, 2008, according to the Sixth Pay Commission revision. We demand immediate release of the arrears,” Kalita said.
He demanded a hike in the fixed pay of around 9,000 casual and muster roll employees. “Even today, a muster roll worker is getting a fixed pay between Rs 5,000 and Rs 6,000 a month while a casual employee is working for a fixed pay of around Rs 6,000 per month,” Kalita said.