Will push for 22% DA to em­ploy­ees: SAD

Hindustan Times (Amritsar) - - Punjab - HT Cor­re­spon­dent let­ter­[email protected]­dus­tan­times.com ■

CHANDI­GARH : The Shi­ro­mani Akali Dal (SAD) has an­nounced that it would start an ag­i­ta­tion against the Congress party gov­ern­ment in Pun­jab for re­lease of 22% dear­ness al­lowance to state em­ploy­ees. The party has also de­manded the im­me­di­ate re­lease of the Sixth Pun­jab Pay Com­mis­sion Re­port and the reg­u­lar­i­sa­tion of 27,000 em­ploy­ees.

“The Congress gov­ern­ment must come clean on why it has not been re­leas­ing four in­stal­ments of DA amount­ing to ₹4,000 crore,” said former fi­nance min­is­ter Par­min­der Singh Dhindsa, adding that even as the fifth in­stal­ment of the DA was due now, the gov­ern­ment had just “ap­proved” the re­lease of one in­stal­ment of only 6%.

“This is a pit­tance con­sid­er­ing that this ap­proval amounts to only a 2% increase on the rec­om­men­da­tions of the Sev­enth Cen­tral Pay Com­mis­sion,” Dhindsa added.

Ask­ing the state gov­ern­ment not to be­fool em­ploy­ees like it had be­trayed farm­ers, youth and dal­its, Dhindsa added that the gov­ern­ment should give in­terim relief to em­ploy­ees im­me­di­ately by hik­ing the ba­sic pay by 10% af­ter merg­ing DA with it. He said his party would launch an ag­i­ta­tion for se­cur­ing the rights of em­ploy­ees.

The Akali leader said em­ploy­ees had also been de­mand­ing reg­u­lar­i­sa­tion of ser­vices of all 27,000 con­trac­tual em­ploy­ees who had been iden­ti­fied by the pre­vi­ous SAD-BJP gov­ern­ment and for whom the Pun­jab Ad hoc, Con­trac­tual, Daily wage, Tem­po­rary, Work Charged and Out­sourced Em­ploy­ees’ Wel­fare Bill, 2016, was also passed af­ter con­ven­ing a spe­cial assem­bly ses­sion.

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