Government employees, affiliated to Tamil Nadu Government Employees Association (TNGEA), observed a fast here on Wednesday to press their demands pertaining to service and wage conditions as well as issues related to social security.

Association district president D. Rajagopalan said apart from the need to expedite the implementation of the new wage revision with retrospective effect from January 1, 2011, the employees’ demands for merger of 50 per cent of the dearness allowance with the basic pay had been pending.

He further pointed out that the city compensatory allowance and house rent allowance were yet to be hiked for the employees working in areas coming under the erstwhile municipalities and other civic bodies whose status had been upgraded to Corporations and graded municipalities.

The members wanted the travel allowance and the educational assistances to their children on a par with the scales allocated for Central Government staff.

The other demands raised by the agitators were time scale pay for village panchayat secretaries and noon meal organisers, and reinstatement of ‘makkal nalla paniyalarkal’.

Special Correspondent adds from Udhagamandalam: Urging the government to fulfil their demands, members of TNGEA, the Nilgiris chapter observed a fast at the Independence Square here on Wednesday.

Chapter president R. Kumar, who presided, said that the demands were long-pending.

Listing them, he said that despite repeated representations vacancies in many of the departments were yet to be filled.