Congress raises pitch for new PRC for staff

Congress raises pitch for new PRC for staff

Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee TPCC president N Uttam Kumar Reddy on Saturday demanded that the State government immediately announce a new Pay...

Hyderabad: Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) president N Uttam Kumar Reddy on Saturday demanded that the State government immediately announce a new Pay Revision Commission (PRC) for employees.

Addressing a press conference, Uttam Kumar Reddy alleged that Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao had completely neglected the welfare of employees during the last four years and did not pay any attention to the problems being faced by them. He said that the Chief Minister did not even meet the representatives of employees' unions to have discussion on their issues.

He said that the Chief Minister on May 16 this year had promised that the State government would review the salaries of government employees. The Chief Minister had assured to announce Interim Relief (IR) on June 2, State Formation Day. He had also announced the setting up of a new PRC with a mandate to submit its report a week before August 15 this year so the announcement could be made on Independence Day. However, none of these promises have been fulfilled causing huge disappointment to over four lakh employees and nearly 2.5 lakh pensioners.

The TPCC chief said that the government did not even clear long-pending clearance of two Dearness Allowances (DAs). He also demanded that the State government announce 25 per cent IR for the RTC employees. He said that the State government had announced just 16 per cent IR for nearly 53,000 employees while Andhra Pradesh government had announced 19 per cent IR for 74,000 employees. Therefore, he said RTC staff should be given 25 per cent IR.

He said all pending dues of corporate hospitals should be cleared so as to make the Health Insurance Scheme functional for government employees. He said Health Cards should be issued for teachers working with Aided, Residential and KGBV schools. He said the teachers should also be paid salaries as per Rule 010.

Uttam Kumar Reddy demanded that the government restore old pension scheme while scrapping Contributory Pension Scheme. The TPCC chief said that the Congress party was all set to return to power in next election. He promised that the next Congress government would accept all justified demands of government employees and resolve their pending issues. TPCC Chief Spokesperson Sravan Dasoju, MLA Ch Vamshichand Reddy, Hyderabad DCC President M Anjan Kumar Yadav and other leaders were also present.

Congress will win 75 seats
Replying to a question on early Assembly polls, Uttam Kumar Reddy described Chief Minister’s claim of winning 100 seats in next elections as a joke. He said it appears that K Chandrashekar Rao had conducted surveys in some other States and not Telangana. He said as per the surveys conducted by him, the Congress party would win more than
75 seats whenever elections are held.

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