Around 2,638 employees of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) resorted to one day ‘home quarantine’ strike to press for implementation of 7th Pay Commission. The State Government is yet to approve their demand despite the State Assembly speaker Nana Patole issued directives eight months ago.
President of Rashtriya Nagpur Corporation Employees Association Surendra Tingane said, “Our ‘home quarantine’ stir was a grand success. As many as 2,638 eployees, who had applied for leave, were in ‘home quarantine’ on Wednesday. We excluded 6,012 sanitary workers, firemen and those on COVID-19 duty from our stir. Those on duty worked wearing black badges.”
A delegation of the union also met Municipal Commissioner Radhakrishnan B and Collector Ravindra Thakare to forward their memorandum to the Government.
Apart from essential works like solid waste management, COVID-19 service, fire and other essential services, all works at the civic body were affected because of the stir.
Tingane said that the employees will continue the agitation in phased manner if the Government failed to approve the demand. He also said that State Government has already accepted the same demand in many other municipal corporations. The Government has kept pending the NMC’s proposal as it does not fit in the existing norms. The NMC’s administrative expenses are over 50 per cent and it should be below 35 per cent for allowing hike in salaries of employees or new recruitment.