Uttarakhand employees call off indefinite strike

Dehradun: Government employees in Uttarakhand on Thursday called off their month-long agitation following acceptance of most of their demands, including better pay scales.

The standoff between the 30,000 striking employees and the government came to end last night following prolonged discussions, Principal Secretary Shatrughan Singh said.

T S Pundir, President of Uttarakhand Federation of Ministerial Services Association (UFMSA), said the government has accepted the demand of higher pay scales.

A high-level committee is being constituted to took into the main demand of converting the Rs 4000-7000 payscale into Rs 5000-8000, he said.

Even after getting the benefits of the sixth pay commission, the ministerial services employees, were on an indefinite strike for the past one month, demanding fatter pay packets.

The government had earlier asked the employees to either return to work or face dire consequences and even threatened to invoke ESMA.

The state government has already implemented the sixth pay commission with retrospective effect from Jan 1, 2006, giving benefits to nearly 1.63 lakh employees and over 40,000 pensioners, putting an annual burden of Rs 4,000 crore on the state exchequer.