Stalin slams de­lay in mov­ing to old pen­sion scheme

Says com­mit­tee set up to look into the is­sue has not yet sub­mit­ted its re­port

The Hindu - - TAMIL NADU - Staff Re­porter

DMK work­ing pres­i­dent M.K. Stalin on Thurs­day said Chief Min­is­ter Edap­padi K. Palaniswami had not found a so­lu­tion to mov­ing back to the old pen­sion scheme from the new one, a long­pend­ing de­mand of gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees, while im­ple­ment­ing the Sev­enth Pay Com­mis­sion rec­om­men­da­tions in Tamil Nadu.

In a state­ment, he pointed out that the com­mit­tee ap­pointed to look into the is­sue had not yet sub­mit­ted its re­port and the de­lay was wor­ri­some.

Mr. Stalin noted that the is­sue was hang­ing sim­i­lar to the cur­rent gov­ern­ment and the Chief Min­is­ter did not re­mark any­thing about it.

He also slammed the Chief Min­is­ter for us­ing words like “me” and “mine” in the state­ment on salary hike.

“Like former Chief Min­is­ter Jay­alalithaa, Palaniswami has used words like ‘me’ and ‘mine,’ imag­in­ing that he is Jay­alalithaa.”

Mr. Stalin also pointed out that unions had ex­pressed dis­ap­point­ment over the man­ner in which the 7th Pay Com­mis­sion rec­om­men­da­tions were im­ple­mented.

He pointed out that the em­ploy­ees would not get 21 months’ pay ar­rears and the State had not fixed min­i­mum salary of ₹21,000 like the Cen­tre, while there was no proper hike in house rent and med­i­cal al­lowances.

Mr. Stalin also re­called the protests by State gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees and the po­lice ac­tion against them.

He said the State gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion came only af­ter the Madu­rai Bench of the Madras High Court or­dered it to im­ple­ment the Sev­enth Pay Com­mis­sion rec­om­men­da­tions.

Mr. Stalin also thanked the judges for their in­ter­ven­tion and mak­ing the im­ple­men­ta­tion pos­si­ble and it in­creased the peo­ple’s trust in the ju­di­ciary.

He said the de­lay in hold­ing lo­cal body elec­tions as one of the key rea­sons for the State not be­ing able to pre­vent dengue.

Mr. Stalin also said that the cur­rent rul­ing gov­ern­ment should go if dengue had to be checked.

In­equal­ity likely: PMK

Even as it wel­comed the Tamil Nadu’s gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion to re­vise the wage struc­ture in line with the Sev­enth Pay Com­mis­sion rec­om­men­da­tions, the Pat­tali Makkal Katchi said that pre­ex­ist­ing is­sues should be ironed out. In a state­ment, PMK founder S. Ra­ma­doss warned that the re­vi­sion could end up in­creas­ing in­come in­equal­ity.

M.K. Stalin

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