The day-to-day administrative work in Cuttack Collector’s office here is severely affected as over 350 non-gazette employees are on strike for over a week nowprotesting against transfer of two senior clerks and subsequent order of suspension of these two clerks and three other office-bearers of the Cuttack Collectorate Non-gazette Staff Committee.
While the district administration has refused to revoke the order of suspension until the transferred employees obey the orders, the striking employees are refusing to budge an inch.
“If necessary, we will involve other district-cadre employees and paralyse the functioning of all the State government offices of the district”, warned the Committee member Biswamohan Mohapatra on Thursday.
Trouble began two months ago when the district Collector transferred senior clerks—Karunakar Khatua to Badamba and Subashis Rout to Mahanga following a complaint by a lady Deputy Collector.
While the employees protested against the transfers saying the same had been done “illegally and keeping a grudge”, the district Collector soon suspended three employee-leaders along with the transferred clerks.
As a result, all the non-gazette employees of the office of the Collector are on strike staging a dharna in front of the Collectorate, thereby paralysing the functioning of the Collector’s office since February 28 last.
It is also learnt that the Cuttack Collector is operating from his residential office for last eight days and he has not given an audience to the striking employees ever since they are on strike.