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BJP demands pay panel benefits for Block Grant teachers, lower grade employees




 The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today demanded that the State government must announce the benefits of the seventh pay panel recommendations for the Block Grant teachers and other low paid employees in Odisha.

Alleging discriminatory attitude in the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations, the Party alleged that the State government has overlooked the plight of the Block Grant teachers who have been agitating for over a fortnight here.

Accusing the State government of being partial, party’s State unit chief Basant Panda alleged the State government apparently overlooked the plight of the low paid employees working in civic bodies.

“What about the low paid employees working in NACs, Municipalities and Corporations who are having a miserable financial condition? Why this partiality,” Panda asked.

Panda told a press conference that the government must announce benefits under the 7th Pay Commission for the Block Grant teachers and other low paid employees.

He alleged the State government has also ignored the plight of the employees of State public sector undertakings.

“It’s an irony that the government is not impartial towards the plight of the people in the State; such inequality in pay is not acceptable,” Panda said.

The State BJP chief also demanded that the government must also provided interest free loans to farmers and waive off their loans.

Notably, the Chief Minister had on Tuesday announced implementation of the seventh Pay Commission recommendations for nearly 4.5 lakh State government employees and 3.5 lakh pensioners.

The implementation will result in 14.5 per cent hike in the basic pay of each employee while the overall salary will be hiked by 23 per cent.

The revised pay scale has been implemented from January 1 last year, the pay hike will be effective from tomorrow.






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