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Civic workers threaten strike

Third and fourth grade employees of Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) have threatened to go on indefinite strike from February 1, if their seven-point charter of demands, including hiked pay, was not met.

The workers under the aegis of Ranchi Nagar Nigam Karmchari Sangh, which represents 286 such employees, staged demonstrations in front of Raj Bhavan on Wednesday.

Later, they submitted a memorandum addressed to the governor at his office, listing their grievances.

Their demands are implementation of fifth pay commission recommendations, payment of arrears, pension at par with state government, benefits under assured career progression scheme, 300 days earned leave, jobs under compensatory grounds and regularisation of casual workers.

“Retired third and fourth grade employees are paid Rs 3,465 and Rs 1,500 respectively as pension, which is not at par with state government workers. Further, under family pension scheme, we are paid only Rs 370. We have now decided to raise our voice against this unfair practice and would go on the protest path,” said Sangh president Naresh Ram.

The workers’ association claimed that in 2008, the government had directed every municipal corporation to mobilise internal resources to ensure pension for retired employees at par with state workers in accordance with fifth pay commission.

But the RMC denied it on the grounds that the order could be followed only if the government releases funds for the same, Ram added.

“The Ranchi civic body is also withholding 70 per cent of our arrears under the fifth pay scale despite the government’s direction in this regard,” Ram further alleged.

A protester Bhagat Balmiki added that they also wanted the civic body to scrap its decision under which it had stopped recruitment for third and fourth grade staff on compensatory grounds since 2010.

RMC deputy CEO Shailendra Kumar Lal refused to comment over the matter.


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