The state government employees of Andhra Pradesh have threatened to go on strike in a phased manner, if no effort is made to get their long pending dearness allowances (DA) and pay revision commission (PRC) released. Additionally, the state government employees want their salaries to be credited timely on the first day of the month on a regular basis.
The employees’ union also claims that retired employees are not receiving their pensions on time along with other benefits such as gratuity, GPF and leave encashment. The representatives of Andhra Pradesh Joint Action Committee (APJAC), met Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy, advisor of government public affairs, and submitted their grievances.
As per the JAC leaders, the employees have not been receiving the enhanced DA since 2018, and therefore, they want the chief minister himself to intervene and help resolve the matter.
Meanwhile, government officials have assured the JAC leaders that the chief minister has already discussed the salary and enhanced DA issue with higher authorities, and action will be taken in the matter very soon.
The JAC leaders have also submitted a presentation to the chief secretary, Sameer Sharma, in the matter.
Among the other demands made by the JAC, were immediate scrapping of the Contributory Pension Scheme, payment of salaries and pensions on the first of every month, clearance of all pending bills and monetary benefits, introduction of a new insurance-linked health scheme, regularisation of all contract employees, compassionate jobs to the kin of employees who died of COVID-19 and clearance of long-pending promotions in different departments.