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The demand for the implementation of the Old Pension Scheme is increasing throughout the country. Maharashtra is the latest among states to raise this demand where 17 lakh government employees have gone on an indefinite strike since Tuesday. Many administrative services were disrupted because the workers went on strike.
Paramedical staff, sweepers and teachers working in the Maharashtra government and municipal hospitals are also part of the strike. The teachers’ strike has started at a time when the board exams are going on in the state.
Before going on strike, the workers’ union government was negotiating. After the negotiations failed, the workers went on strike. The workers who were on strike took part in the demonstration to raise slogans such as ‘Only one mission, restore old pension’.
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Vishwas Katkar, convener of the committee representing around 35 organizations of state government employees, semi-government employees and teachers, claimed that members associated with them are participating in strikes and demonstrations in all 36 districts of Maharashtra. , NDTV reported. “Work came to a complete halt in hospitals, educational institutions, government institutions, tax collection offices and even collection offices,” said Katkar.
The government employees insist that there will be no compromise on the restoration of old pension. As before, only the government should give a pension.
This strike of government workers was supported by many trade unions but did not stop work. The impact of this strike was less in BMC and Mumbai. Speaking to NDTV, Sumitra Tote of the Maharashtra Nurses Association said that members of their 34 branches in 30 districts participated on the first day of the strike. Shashank Rao, Maharashtra trade union leader and body trade union head, said that the organization has submitted a memorandum to BMC commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal demanding restoration of old pension, a copy of the memorandum has also been sent to Chief Minister Eknath Shinde . .
This strike of workers has started after the announcement of the Chief Minister Eknath Shinde where he mentioned the formation of a committee of senior bureaucrats. The Prime Minister had said that the government will consider calling the workers, after that it will make a decision. After the committee’s report, the government will make a decision on the issue of the Old Pension Scheme.
Uddhav Thackeray and Aam Aadmi Party supported the demand of the workers saying that the government should restore their old pension.
The demand for old pension was first implemented by the Government of Rajasthan. After that Chhattisgarh government also joined it. The demand for the restoration of an old pension was first raised by Congress. In the recent state assembly elections, Congress prominently raised the issue of the Old Pension Scheme. The new government of Himachal Pradesh also implemented it to fulfill the election promise.