Telangana staff set May ultimatum

Telangana staff set May ultimatum
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Telangana government employees associations led by Telangana gazetted officers and NGOs have set May second week as deadline to the government to address their long-pending demands. 

Hyderabad: Telangana government employees associations led by Telangana gazetted officers and NGOs have set May second week as deadline to the government to address their long-pending demands.

The representatives called on State Chief Secretary SP Singh on Tuesday and discussed on the status of their demands that were pending before the government. The employees unions are demanding the immediate release of arrears pending under the PRC (Pay Revision Commission), removal of contributory pension scheme, lift the ban on transfers and repatriation of Grade IV government employees belonging to Telangana from AP government.

Nearly 1,500 employees from Telangana were appointed in AP government as part of the bifurcation of the state in 2014. TNGO president K Ravinder said that the unions demanded the government to issue guidelines for general transfers within a week.

Transfers have been banned in 2010 in the erstwhile united Andhra Pradesh. The unions made several pleas to the government but in vain. He did not rule out launching an agitation if the government did not respond positively. He pointed out that the government also did not relent to the demand to the repatriation of the employees working in Andhra Pradesh government for the last two years.

The Grade IV employees were struggling hard to work in the neighbouring state. TGOA president Mamatha said that the contributory pension scheme introduced in 2004 was against the interests of the employees’ welfare.

The employees unions were demanding to replace the new scheme with the old one. The chief secretary assured the unions all the pending issues would be brought to the notice of Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and arrange a meeting between the unions and the CM soon, she said.

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