New Delhi: Don’t head to the post office today or the expect any reply from the income tax department.
Central government employees in departments such as postal, income-tax, Survey of India, Census, Central Groundwater Board, and atomic power, are on strike today to protest the ‘betrayal’ by the Centre with regard to the ‘low’ wage hike recommended by the 7th Pay Commission and other long-pending demands. The country-wide strike call, given by the Confederation of Central Government Employees, will include Gramin Dak Sevaks, casual, contract and part-time workers, according to a statement by M Krishnan, Secretary General of the confederation.
The confederation, which had given a strike call on February 16, had postponed it to March 16 following the announcement of Assembly polls in five States.
In the Rajya Sabha today, senior CPI-M leader Tapan Kumar Sen said millions of central government employees are on strike today to protest against non-filling of vacancies, which has increased to 40 per cent of the total posts. He also said the government has “betrayed” the employees by not honouring the commitments to trade unions that the minimum wages recommended by the Pay Commission would be revised upwards.