(Janmeja Sekhon says a govt which failed to give salaries to six depts. last month wanted to stop pay to employees protesting against such acts)
Chandigarh, January 4 – The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today condemned the Congress government for trying to throttle the democratic right of State government employees to protest for fulfillment of their genuine demands, including timely distribution of salaries, by invoking the no work no pay policy.
In a statement here, senior leader Janmeja Singh Sekhon said it was shocking that instead of addressing the grievances of employees, the Congress government was using heavy handed means to stifle dissent. He said it was condemnable that a government which had withheld salaries of as many as six departments only last month, had now decided to withhold salaries of employees protesting against such an injustice.
Asking chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh as to what recourse State employees should take with the government refusing to even consider any of their genuine demands, Mr Sekhon said employees were not getting Dearness Allowance Arrears of nearly Rs 4,000 crore. “The Congress government is also deliberately delaying the release of the Sixth Pay Commission which is causing a huge loss to State employees. It has also failed to regularize 27,000 contractual employees whose case for regularization was passed by the previous SAD-BJP government more than three years back”.
The SAD leader said employees have been demanded ‘equal work equal pay’ since a long time from the Congress government, but instead of doing this the government wanted to throttle their voice by making the letter of instructions on no work no pay part of the State policy. He said similarly retired employees were not getting retirement benefits causing untold hardship to them. The Akali leader said even as employees were not getting their dues, the government was splurging crores on appointing an army of Advisors and splurging money on its Ministers.
Sekhon said the SAD would stand with the persecuted employees who had to brave ‘lathis’ and water cannons and even abuses from senior ministers whenever they tried to voice their demands to the State government.