Go on mass causal leave opposing PRC recommendations
JAC seeks 71 per cent fitment benefit as against 27 per cent recommended
Leaders gear up for Chalo Hyderabad to be organised on January 22
ELURU: Employees of all government departments and school teachers staged a massive protest here on Wednesday under the aegis of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) district unit, denouncing the recommendations of the Pay Revision Commission (PRC).
They went on a mass casual leave and joined the protest. Government offices and schools across the district wore a deserted look on account of the agitation.
The protesters came in a procession to the Collectorate from the office of the Municipal Corporation of Eluru (MCE) and staged a dharna there.
Addressing the protesters, the JAC leaders demanded 71 per cent fitment benefit to the employees as against the PRC recommendation of 27 per cent.
The recommendation with reference to the fitment benefit was made in 2008 keeping in view the price indices during that period.
“But, in the last two years, prices of essential commodities shot up manifold. Therefore, the PRC recommendation is of little use to the employees if the fitment benefit is not hiked to 71 per cent,” said P. Venkateswara Rao, Progressive Recognised Teachers’ Union district president and JAC member.
He also urged the government to rectify the reported pay anomalies in the PRC recommendations. “For instance, the PRC recommended varying payscales to headmasters and Mandal Education Officers though they belong to the same cadre in the Education Department,” Mr. Venkateswara Rao said.
The JAC leaders also wanted the HRA slab altered in accordance with the present price indices. They appealed to the employees and school teachers to get ready for Chalo Hyderabad on January 22 if there was no positive response to the JAC demands from the government by then.