Ahmedabad Gujarat’s 72 employee unions have staged a protest in Gandhinagar demanding benefits of the old pension scheme and the Seventh Pay Commission. Earlier, the employees had sent a memorandum to the state government and all 182 MLAs, but the government did not call for talks. In the run-up to the Gujarat Assembly elections, 72 state employees’ unions are mobilizing for the first time under the banner of the Gujarat State United Employees Front to protest against the government. Demand for this specialty has grown significantly as a result of recent corporate scandals in Rajasthan.
About one lakh employees have been protesting in Satyagraha cantonment of Gandhinagar since Monday. Morcha president Doug Vijay Singh Jadeja said that the employees were protesting against the demands like implementation of old pension scheme, 7th pay commission, abolition of fixed pay system in the state. Earlier, the front had sent a memorandum to all 182 MLAs of the government and the state.
But no call for talks was sent by the government. Jadeja also said that the government was holding talks with the leaders of its pro-government workers’ unions, which was an insult to the state’s oldest and largest trade unions. It is pertinent to note that this demand is also gaining momentum in Gujarat after the Rajasthan government announced the implementation of the old pension scheme for employees in the last budget session.
10% deduction from salary in new pension scheme
The new pension scheme is a clause that deducts 10% of the basic salary DA. The new pension scheme is based on the stock market, so it is not secure. The new pension scheme has no GPF facility and no loan facility.