United Democratic Front (UDF) convener P.P. Thankachan said here on Sunday that the indefinite strike called by Left service and teachers’ organisations from January 8 was politically motivated.

In a statement here, Mr. Thankachan said the government was farsighted in its decision to implement the contributory pension scheme. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy had cleared the apprehension of various service and teachers’ organisations.

The Centre and 25 States had already implemented the new pension scheme, which would be applicable to new entrants to government service from April 1. The existing employees would not be affected by the scheme and would continue to enjoy all benefits, he said.

The Joint Action Council, in the meantime, has announced its resolve to go ahead with the strike. In a statement here, Action Council of Employees and Teachers general convener A. Sreekumar and C.R. Jose Prakash, general convener, Adyapaka-Service Organisations’ Samara Samithi, alleged that the government had converted the conciliatory talks it had convened last week to a proclamation convention and did not give an opportunity to the organisations to be heard. In another statement, the All Kerala Private College Teachers’ Association called upon all employees and teachers to participate in the January 8 agitation.

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