Postal employees stage dharna over allowances in Bhatkal

Source: S.O. News Service | By Sheikh Zabih | Published on 19th March 2017, 3:14 AM | Coastal News | Don't Miss |

Bhatkal: All India Post employees Association Karwar, Bhatkal branch staged a dharna on Thursday seeking better facilities for Group D employees working in the Postal Department. They gathered in front of the Bhatkal Post Office and boycott the work.

Protesters said the Seventh Central Pay Commission’s recommendations were unfair to Group D postal employees. While the basic pay was increased by 200%, the dearness allowance was brought down from 125% to none.

After the implementation of the recommendations with effect from January 1, 2016, only the basic pay was modified, and the arrears paid in August. However, the allowances continued to be paid at the earlier rates.

The government then set up a committee to decide about the allowances. In June 2016, the Centre had assured union leaders that a high-powered committee would be constituted to look into the matter of revision of wages and fitment formula. Even after eight months, the government was reluctant to meet its commitment.

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