Lucknow: The proposed three-day strike called by around 25 lakh employees and teachers of the Uttar Pradesh government, demanding restoration of the old pension system, has been deferred.
The decision was taken by the protesting employees after a successful meeting of their leaders with Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
However, the state employees’ leaders maintained that the strike has been deferred for two months as the government has set up a committee to look into their demands and has been directed to submit its report by December 24.
Purani Pension Bahali Manch chairman Harikishore Tiwari said here on Wednesday that the government had been given two months’ time, till December 24, to take a decision on their demand.
After the talks between the Chief Minister and the state employees’ leaders, Chief Secretary Anup Chandra Pandey announced the constitution of an 8-member committee headed by Additional Chief Secretary Mukul Singhal to look into the matter.
After meeting the CM and the Chief Secretary, the employees’ leaders held a meeting and announced that the strike has been called as of now.
Earlier it was reported that about 25 lakh employees, official and teachers of UP government would go on strike for three days from October 25 after their talks with the state government remained inconclusive on Monday.
The employees have been demanding rollback of the pension scheme which was implemented by the state government on April 1, 2005.
Around 2 lakh employees from across the state had organised a rally on Lucknow on October 8. Alarmed by the massive turnout, the government had invited the employees’ leaders for talks and assured them to look into their demands.
Meanwhile, around 1 lakh employees of UP government are planning to take out a rally demanding pay hike as per the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission, according to reports.
The protest has been called by the state government employees under the banner of Uttar Pradesh State Employees Federation. The employees will reportedly give a deadline to the government relating to pay hike and pension-related issues.
The UPSEF was reportedly in talks with the Yogi government but the talks failed to reach a consensus over the demands of the state employees. The federation had staged a protest in the national capital last month.