A large chunk of employees of the Uttarakhand government currently striking against their employer are risking losing their pay. The development comes after SS Sandhu, chief secretary, Uttarakhand issued a ‘no work, no pay’ order which is to be enforced by all secretaries, department heads and district magistrates in the state.
Government employees are currently on an indefinite strike, which started on December 7, protesting a range of issues which also includes a pressing demand for inclusion of an insurance cover in their pay.
Under the new order, the heads of departments, district magistrates and secretaries have been instructed to deduct the salaries of employees who go on strike.
The authorities have also registered an FIR against people associated with the indefinite strike of the Uttarakhand Secretariat Association. This includes those who had gathered in the Secretariat premises without proper permissions and disrupted work, and tried to prevent employees and officers from working. They reportedly tried to stop other employees and officers from entering. Further, the accused are also said to have blocked the road leading to the ATM Chowk located at the Secretariat.
The government order read: “The demonstration and strike by the employees related to the services under the State is prohibited under the State Employees Conduct Rules. In the event of strike/boycott of work by the employees on the call of the employees’ unions, some other guidelines have been issued including the implementation of the principle of no pay if no work.