New Delhi, August 11: The All India Station Masters’ Association (AISMA) has called a 24-hour hunger strike across the country on Saturday. The agitating station masters have alleged discrimination against them in the seventh pay commission implemented by the government. The protesters have claimed that seventh pay commission has limit the scope of promotion for them. Also Read - 7th Pay Commission Latest News: Tamil Nadu Freezes DA Till July 2021, Suspends Earned Leave Of Its Employees For One Year
AISMA said that under seventh pay commission, the station masters can get only one promotion in their entire career after joining the Railways at the entry level. It asserted that the station masters have just two pay scales- Rs 4,200 and Rs 4,600 which mean they are entitled to one promotion only and the Rs 4,800 pay scale is just a financial upgradation. Also Read - 7th Pay Commission Latest News: Maharashtra Govt to Put on Hold DA, LTC of 12 Lakh Employees For Two Years
The association further demanded the benefits of the third Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACPS), provision of stress and safety allowance to station masters among other things. Also Read - 7th Pay Commission Latest News: SSB Announces Recruitment For Assistant Commandant Post, Get Paid Rs 1,77,500 Monthly
Following the strike, the security directorate of the railways has issued an advisory for the Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel to take precautionary measures in coordination with local authorities and state administration to avoid any untoward incident and ensure smooth running of trains.