About 19 lakh government and semi-government employees will proceed on strike from March 14 in support of their demand of implementing the old pension scheme.
The discussion on the issue on Monday failed to yield any solution to the issue. The meeting of representatives of the government employees was held with Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Ajit Pawar, and Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council Ambadas Danwe were present.
The government responded positively and decided to constitute a committee to work on the issue. Another meeting with the employees’ representatives was also proposed. No concrete decision, however, was taken in the meeting. Shinde and Fadnavis appealed to the employees’ leaders to refrain from proceeding with the proposed strike.
The employees’ unions, however, have decided to proceed on the strike from midnight separating Monday and Tuesday. The state government employees, semi-government employees, teachers, non-teaching staff, and employees at the municipalities will participate in the strike.