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HIGHLIGHTING DEMANDS: Members of Akhila Karnataka Rajya Sarkari Naukarara Okkoota protesting in front of the office of the Hubli tahsildar on Wednesday.
HIGHLIGHTING DEMANDS: Members of Akhila Karnataka Rajya Sarkari Naukarara Okkoota protesting in front of the office of the Hubli tahsildar on Wednesday.

Staff Correspondent

Merge 50 per cent dearness allowance with basic salary: okkoota

DHARWAD: Members of Akhila Karnataka Rajya Sarkari Naukarara Okkoota, Dharwad district unit, staged a token dharna in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner here on Wednesday to press for their demands.

Protest day

The dharna was in response to the call given by All India State Government Employees Federation (AISGEF) to observe June 14 as "Protest Day" to seek fulfilment of various demands.

The protestors urged the State Government to immediately merge the 50 per cent dearness allowance with the basic salary.

They said the most of the State Governments in the country had issued orders fixing a payscale for primary schoolteachers, which is on a par with the payscale of the Central Government. They urged the State Government to issue orders in this regard at the earliest.

`Raise retirement age'

The protestors also urged the State Government to increase the retirement age to 60, revoke orders issued towards reducing posts and also winding up departments, fixing the interest rate of General Provident Fund at 12 per cent and discontinue the system of appointment on contract basis.

Ishwar Sanikoppa, president of the Okkoota's district unit and office-bearers Sukumar Kalagoudar, G.G. Ginnur, A.R. Mallpur and Gurumurthy Yaragambalimath addressed the protestors. They said the recent announcement by the State Government regarding grant of intermediate compensation was just an eyewash.

Later they submitted a memorandum in this regard addressed to the Chief Minister to the Deputy Commissioner.

In Hubli, members of the okkoota staged a token dharna in front of the office of the Hubli Tahsildar. Office-bearers of the okkoota's Hubli unit C.F. Chikkanagoudar and V.R. Nargund led the protest. Later, a memorandum was submitted to the Hubli tahsildar.

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