Karnataka has 5.25 lakh govt employees against sanctioned 7.40 lakh posts

Karnataka has 5.25 lakh govt employees against sanctioned 7.40 lakh posts  

State president of govt employees association says that they are working under pressure due to shortage of staff

BIJAPUR; 03 Nov: Admitting that there is a need to bring efficiency in the functioning of the government employees, C. S. Shadakshari, State President of Karnataka Government Employees Association has however said that when the State is falling short of over 2.15 lakh employees against the sanctioned 7.40 employees, it is difficult for present employees to give their best.

“ Against the total sanctioned posts of 7.40 lakh, the State has only 5.25 lakh employees. Which means, the officials are working more than they are stipulated to do”, he said.

Addressing presspersons on Tuesday, he said that after the new body getting elected in the State, the Association has been striving to get the long pending demands of the employees met.

He said that though the association has several demands, however it is focusing more on two important demands as of now.

“ Our first and strongest demand is that the government should bring back the Old Pension Policy for government employees by abolishing the New Pension Policy. The new policy is completely anti worker which was launched in 2006. We have been fighting tooth and nail with the government to ensure that OPP is restored”, he said.

Mentioning the second demand, he said that the association has been fighting to get scale on par with the Central Government employees.

Shadakshari said that while the Central Government would soon begin the process of constituting 8th pay commission for giving higher salary to central government employees, but in Karnataka the employees are still struggling  to get salary as per 7th pay commission.

“ Several States are already offering salaries on par with Central Government employees but in Karnataka, the government is reluctant to offer similar pay package”, he said.

To a question, he said that in order to educate the employees about the tough anti-corruption laws and to prevent them from taking bribes, the association has held four seminars for the employees with the help of Karnataka Lokayukta. The seminars have been held in Bengaluru, Belagavi, Shivamogga and Dharwad.

Claiming that a few more demands made by the association are in the different stages of approval,  Shadakshari said that the government is preparing a cashless medical facility for all government employees and their families.

He said that in order to make the application process online for employees, an app is being developed which could be used by the employees for applying for leaves, or any such applications through an online system only.

Stating that since the police department has no right to form a union to fight for their justice, the association is fighting on their behalf, mainly in meeting their long pending demand of getting Auradkar committee report implemented for higher salary and perks.

Other office bearers, Jagadish Patil, Sayed Zuber Kerur, Mohan Kumar, Vijaykumar Hatti and other members were present.

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