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Stir threat by State corporations staff

Staff Reporter

They demand revision of salary structure



There are about 35,000 employees in 35 corporations

They allege discrimination by State government



BHUBANESWAR: Employees of various corporation bodies on Tuesday threatened to resort to agitation demanding revision of their salary structure as per the Sixth Pay Commission recommendations.

The threat was issued as there was no word from State government on salary of corporations’ employees although a week elapsed of the Cabinet’s approval to implement Sixth Pay Commission recommendation for regular government employees.

Memo submitted

Addressing a press conference here, Orissa State Corporation Employees’ Association (OSCEA) president Muktikanta Mohapatra said, “we welcome the salary revision of government employees as well as pensioners in the State. Although we had submitted a memorandum to Fitment Committee on September 30, there was no mention about us in the latest government notification.”

There are about 35 corporations functioning in the State with it staff strength estimated to be over 35,000.

“Even before implementation of pay commission recommendations, corporation employees were subjected to discriminatory treatment by the State government. While a State government employee is entitled to get 47 per cent dearness allowance in addition to earlier merger of 50 per cent dearness allowance in the basic salary,” Mr. Mohapatra alleged.

He said while some corporation employees were getting 41 per cent dearness allowance, many were still managing according to Fourth Pay Commission Recommendations.

OSCEA demanded that top bureaucrats, who had been managing affairs of corporations, should be held responsible for losses being incurred. The restriction imposed on release of salary of employees of corporation should be lifted, the association alleged.

If the State government failed to implement revised salary structure from the coming February, thousands of corporation employees to take to the street, OSCEA Secretary Shankarananda Das said.

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