Lucknow: The indefinite strike called by an Uttar Pradesh government employees` association over their various demands, including removal of "anomalies" in salary and allowances evoked mixed response on Tuesday.
The Rajya Karamchari Adhikaar Mahasangh (RKAM)-sponsored strike drew good response in education and health department offices while work in irrigation and public works departments remained affected due to the bandh. In other offices, roughly five to seven per cent of employees remained on strike, IG (Law and Order) RK Vishkarma said.
"No untoward incident was reported from any part of the state during the indefinite strike by state employees though respective districts had made elaborate security arrangements around government offices," Vishkarma said.
Though the strike call evoked a good response in the morning, as the day progressed employees started arriving in their respective offices, he said.
RKAM constituent Rajya Karamchari Sanyukt Parishad president Hari Kishore Tiwari, however, termed the strike a big success and said that around 200 small and big employees unions are participating in the agitation.
He claimed several offices, including Jawahar Bhawan and Indira Bhawan housing several government department offices and health directorate, remained locked and some 80 percent staff remained on strike.
Tewari said no offer had so far been made by the state government to end the strike.
If the government does not concede to their demands by November 15, employees of essential services including roadways, power and health would join the agitation, he said.
The strike was being observed to press for a 31-charter demand, Tewari said, alleging that despite written agreement with various unions to resolve the problems of the employees no action has so far been taken by the government.
The employees` unions are demanding removal of anomalies in salary and allowances, doing away with assured promotion or promotion scale and pension benefits.
There are a total of 18 lakh employees, of which around 60 percent are expected to support the strike.
The state government had yesterday directed respective district police chiefs to ensure the safety of all the state government employees wanting to defy strike call.