TN State urged to implement pay panel recommendations
Teachers, members of employees’ organisations stage agitation
Pressing for various demands, members of the Joint Action Committee of Tamil Nadu Government Teachers and Employees Organisations staged an agitation here on Tuesday evening.
N. Venkatesan, district secretary, Tamil Nadu Government Employees Association, who led the agitation near Chidambara Nagar bus stop on Palayamkottai Road, appealed to the State government to implement the recommendations of the Eighth Pay Commission so that there would be a 40% hike in salaries of government staff. He said 20% interim relief should be provided to government employees with effect from January 2016. He also stressed that the existing Contributory Pension Scheme should be dropped and the old pension scheme revived.
Expressing apprehensions over the lack of certainty in return and payment under the Contributory Pension Scheme that came into effect from 2004 in the State, he said all government staff had been demanding revival of the old pension scheme.
He said around three lakh employees, like noon-meal staff, anganwadi workers, panchayat secretaries, revenue village staff and computer assistants were being paid a consolidated pay. Their salaries should be regularised and they should be included in the time-scale pay structure, he said.
M. Palanisamy, district president, Tamilaga Primary School Teachers Federation, and others participated in the agitation.
In Tirunelveli, a protest was organised by teachers and members of government employees’ organisations at the Collectorate. It was led by K. Paulraj, district coordinator, JACTO, and V. Parthasarathy, district coordinator, Government Employees Organisation.