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Token strike for I-T staff pay hike

Jamshedpur, Aug. 18: Employees of the income tax department here went for a half-day ceasework, demanding hike in salary.

The employees sat on a dharna outside the administrative building at Circuit House Area from noon. Officials of Income Tax Employees Federation (ITEF) said that all Group B, C and D participated in the strike today in support of their 11-point charter of demands.

“The strike will be intensified in the days to come if the government fails to meet our demands. Apart from implementing new salary structures, the government should fill up the vacant posts in the department,” said R.P. Singh, the secretary of the Jamshedpur unit of ITEF.

He said that the ITEF has demanded grade pay of Rs 4,600 based on a notification issued by the Union government to inspectors, private secretaries and administrative officers.

“The group D employees should be given a grade pay of Rs 1,800. Moreover, our demand list includes reimbursement of cellphone bills to all employee in the department and sanctioning of laptops to gazette officers on a non-returnable basis. And desktop computers for official use to Grade C officials,” said an employee.

Singh pointed out that the Centre has also raised the issue of vacant posts in the I-T department and called for immediate action.

“All the vacant post of the gazetted and non-gazetted employees can be filled by a promotion to junior officer. The ITEF has also demanded department examination-2009 for promotion,” added Singh.

The list of demands also said that all deputy commissioner and assistant commissioner rank officials, who have completed more than two year at his present position, should be transferred.

Singh added that the employee would go on a daylong token strike on September 9.

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