The state government machinery in Mysuru district came to a grinding halt on Thursday as more than 15,000 employees did not to turn up for work. Those who came to the offices desisted from doing any administrative work and did not even sign the register.
Employees applied for mass leave demanding wage revision and parity with the Central government’s daily allowance scale. However, the state government has ignored this show of protest, which has affected thousands of citizens visiting government offices. Many people who had come from far and wide to get their official work done and files cleared were found stranded in front of buildings.
At the Deputy Commissioner’s Office, most of the sections were closed and attendance remained thin. Those employees who had come to the office were seen loitering on the campus. Employees holding banners and placards assembled in front of the locked gates of the Commercial Tax office and shouted slogans against the state government.
Other government offices including CADA office and RTO office and the Mini Vidhana Soudha remained closed with minimum or no attendance. The gates in front of the offices became a place for the striking employees to display their protest banners.
Non-teaching and administrative staff of the University of Mysore too abstained from working expressing solidarity with the striking government staff.
Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner C Shikha held a meeting with ADC Venkatesh, Superintendent of Police Abhinav Khare, DCP (law and order) Dr H T Shekar and other officials and took stock of the situation.
The strike call has been given by Karnataka State Government Employees’ Association (KSGEA) demanding implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations. According to the Association stakeholders, nearly two dozen states have implemented the Seventh Pay Commission but the Karnataka government has not taken a decision on bring pay scales on a par with Central government employees.
“We had placed our demands with the state government in 2014. The chief minister has promised to make a budgetary allocation of Rs 5,000 crore for this purpose but he failed to do so. We again placed our demands in 2015, the CM had promised to allocate funds in the budget for the year 201617 but he failed again. We have no other option than remain absent from duty for a day,” said the association members.