Nagpur: Around 500 employees of Nagpur Municipal Corporation have demonstrated at Constitution Square under the banner of the National Nagpur Corporation Employees Union on Tuesday. In which pressure has been pressed for its long pending demands including release of 7th Pay Commission arrears and implementation of Dearness Allowance.
The president of the association whose name is Surendra Thingne. He has warned to intensify the agitation if all these demands are not met by the NMC before Diwali. For about 3 hours these employees raised anti-NMC slogans.
Since Municipal Commissioner Radhakrishnan B was not inside the city. That’s why all the protesters called on the Additional Municipal Commissioner whose name is Ram Joshi. Met him and handed over a memorandum of demand.
Employees demands include: Dearness Allowance applicable up to about 11 percent from the salary for the month of October paid in the month of November; Release of arrears for at least 5 months out of about 16 months arrears since the implementation of 7th Pay Commission; Relaxation in the rules for making temporary employees working in municipal bodies permanent etc.
Surendra Thingne has stated that currently, NMC employees ask for approximately 20 years of service to be made permanent.
The association has also demanded that every single vacancy in the NMC should be filled up without delay. According to the protesters, more than 45% of the posts are still lying vacant. And as a result, there is a huge burden on the existing manpower.
Employees Died Due to Covid-19
Surendra Thingne has said that around 40 employees, including teachers and sanitation workers, have died due to the coronavirus while discharging duties during the period of the covid pandemic. However, the families of all these deceased employees have not yet received the compensation of Rs 50 lakh as announced by the Central Government.
He has also said that the NMC should give about Rs 10 lakh each to the next of kin of the deceased and one member of the families of such deceased should also be given a job.
All the agitators have also accused the BJP-ruled civic body of adopting double standards. According to him, from the date of April 1, 2012, to March 31, 2017, the chairpersons of the standing committee of the ruling party had earmarked about Rs 10 crore for the payment of dues of the Sixth Pay Commission. However, later this budget amount was used for many other purposes, they said.