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DRAWING THE ATTENTION: Teachers staging a protest putting forward various demands in Puducherry on Monday.
DRAWING THE ATTENTION: Teachers staging a protest putting forward various demands in Puducherry on Monday.

Staff Reporter

PUDUCHERRY: The day was marked by a number of protests as hundreds of teachers and government employees took to the streets primarily to demand the immediate implementation of the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission.

More than 600 representatives of the Confederation of State Government Employees Association took out a rally to demand extension of pay scale recommendations by the Sixth Pay Commission to public sector autonomous institutions and those working in government aided schools.

Employees of PIPDIC, marketing committee, PAPSCO, Women and Handicapped Corporation, PRTC, Mahatma Gandhi Dental College, engineering college, khadi board, Bharathiar Palkalai Koodam, Mother Theresa Post Graduate and Research Institute of Health Sciences, FISCO and Rajiv Gandhi Veterinary College should be given the recommended pay scale, the confederation demanded.

Apart from this, the confederation wanted the government to implement the upgraded pay scale to certain categories such as teachers and nurses. Daily-rated and part-time employees should be given salaries on time, the confederation said.

Around 3,000 teachers took out a rally to demand implementation of Sixth Pay Commission recommendations and provision of Assured Career Progression, Coordinator of the Puducherry Government Teachers Joint Action Committee T.R.Seshachalam said.

The Confederation of Puducherry State Municipal and Commune Panchayat Employees’ Association said that the Puducherry Government had constituted a separate committee to decide on implementing the Sixth Pay Commission recommendations for employees of municipal and commune panchayats. The members said that the recommended higher pay scales should be given to the employees of the local bodies immediately.

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