Karnataka State Government Employees' Association president L. Byrappa on Thursday alleged that the State Government was discriminating against its 5.25 lakh employees by not paying them the Sixth Pay Commission salaries and allowances while implementing it in respect of the IAS, IPS and IFS officers.

Speaking to presspersons, he said that the employees had achieved their targets in mobilising resources and implementing the schemes announced by Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa in his budget, but were yet to get the pay scales and allowances of the Sixth Pay Commission. Most State Governments, except Kerala, had implemented it.

Mr. Byrappa said that the MPs, MLAs, MLCs, zilla and taluk panchayat members were able to increase their salaries and allowances several times, but when it comes to the State Government employees, quasi government bodies and contract workers, there would be inordinate delay in according the same facility. He demanded that Mr. Yeddyurappa announce acceptance of the Pay Commission scales to them in his budget on February 24 merging the 56.25 per cent dearness allowances in the pay scales. House rent allowances should also be revised. He demanded that the one lakh vacancies be filled as there was heavy work load on the employees. The transfer policy should be announced for ending harassment and corruption, he urged.

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