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Pacified RMC staff end strike

The 10-day old strike launched by third and fourth grade employees of Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) was called off on Tuesday after the state administration accepted their demands.

A committee constituted by urban development secretary A.K. Singh met a delegation of Ranchi Nagar Nigam Karmachari Sangh, the outfit spearheading the stir, at Project Building on Tuesday.

The committee comprised JP Lakra, director, municipal administration; deputy secretaries of urban development Om Prakash Shah and Ram Narayan Prasad and under secretaries Ram Prakash Mandal and Anthony Surin.

The demands of the protesting outfit included salary in accordance with Fifth Pay Commission recommendations, payment of arrears, pension on a par with state government employees, benefits of assured career progression scheme, 300 days of earned leave, jobs under compensatory grounds and regularisation of casual workers.

Since Jharkhand Municipal Corporation Act 2011 was in place from February 9, 2012; it was decided that the RMC board would arrange for prior payment of pension and take decisions on the amounts for those not covered by the act.

Regarding implementation of Fifth Pay Commission recommendations, it was said the department would give the benefits to the employees through a resolution in June 2006. The civic body could pay the arrears from its resources at the rate of 70, 60, 50 and 40 per cent for years 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10, respectively.

Demands related to provision of jobs on compensatory grounds were discussed. It was decided that jobs would be given on the basis of vacancies and fulfilment of eligibility criteria.

The protesters have also been absolved of the No work, No Pay decision taken at the board meeting on Monday. No punitive action, including deduction of wages, will be taken.

President of Ranchi Nagar Nigam Karmachari Sangh Naresh Ram expressed his satisfaction.

“We decided to call off our strike as directions given by the committee in writing in response to our seven demands were positive. Considering that RMC officials, especially CEO Manoj Kumar and his deputy Om Prakash Shah, have supported us during the strike, we will organise a function on February 15 to felicitate them,” said a jubilant Ram.

CEO Manoj Kumar hailed the Sangh’s decision to call off the strike and asked them to join duty from Wednesday.

Deputy mayor Sanjeev Vijaywargiya said that since employees had called off the stir, No Work No Pay recommendations ceased to be valid.