Sunday, August 3, 2008

For the Implementation of the SPC report State govt employees set to boycott work

LUCKNOW: The state employees will go on a one day strike on August 20 in support of their demand for the implementation of the Sixth Pay Commission report. The call for the strike has been given by the State Employee’s Joint Council, Uttar Pradesh. Prior to this the council members will hold a call attention dharna relating to their other demands at all district headquarters on August 8. Memorandums will be handed to the district magistrates to be forwarded to the chief minister. Mass awakening programmes will be held between July 20 and August 7. As a result, employees in banks, insurance companies, railways and medical representatives in the state will all boycott work in support of the nation-wide strike call. General secretary of UP Medical and Sales Representatives' Association (UPMSRA) Subodh Awasthi squarely blamed the Central government’s pro-American policies for inflation. He alleged that the measures being taken by the government to arrest price rise were faulty. He said Union finance minister P Chidambaram’s explanation that the unprecedented price rise was due to the soaring prices of petroleum products in international market was also illusory. Their main demands are implementation of PDS all over the country, immediate ban on forward trading on all essential commodities, slashing of taxes on petrol and diesel, stern action against hoarders.

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