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ACS holds meeting on proposed strike by employees

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By OUR STAFF REPORTER
DEHRADUN, 29 Jan: A meeting chaired by Additional Chief Secretary Om Prakash with all the secretaries and heads of departments regarding the strike notice given by Uttarakhand Adhikari-Karamchari-Shikshak Samanvay Samiti was held at the Secretariat here on Tuesday.
Additional Chief Secretary Prakash asked the committee formed under the chairmanship of Additional Chief Secretary, Personnel, Radha Raturi to look into the problems of employees and find uniform solutions to them. He said that the problems which could not be solved at the departmental level ought to be brought to the notice of state level committee. Those who would like to work on the proposed days of strike would be provided full security. It was decided at the meeting that the employees who will go on leave on 31 January and 4 February 4 would not be allowed entry into the Secretariat.
He asked all the heads of departments to form grievance committees to solve the problems of the employees and instructed them to hold the meeting of these committees once every three months, so that the problems of employees could be solved speedily.
All the District Magistrates were also instructed to maintain law and order during those days. Dehradun DM S Murugesan was asked to deploy an SDM and an Assistant Police Superintendent at the Secretariat. To keep an eye on striking employees, installation of CCTV cameras and videography of their activities was also ordered.
Additional Chief Secretary Radha Raturi said that the proposed strike by the state government employees was banned under the state government employees’ conduct manual. She said that various employees’ organisations resorted to strikes, which resulted in hardships to the common people and delayed the implementation of the state government programmes.
She further said that the notice given by the Samanvaya Samiti amounted of contempt of the High Court. She appealed to all the employees to take back their decision to go on strike as it created difficulties for the general public. She said that the state government has taken a number of decisions in the interests of its employees. As per the state government employees’ manual, the employees have to give valid reasons for obtaining emergency leave and, in case of medical leave, a certificate from the Chief Medical Officer was required.
Raturi instructed the officers not to sanction leaves on the days of the proposed strike. Any employee that took leave on these days would be considered as participating in the strike.
Principal Secretary, Industry, Manisha Panwar, Secretary, Finance, Amit Negi, Commissioner, Garhwal, Shailesh Bagoli, Secretary, Forest, Arvind Singh Hyanki, D Senthiul Pandian, Secretary, Information, Dilip Jawalkar, IG, Police Deepam Seth, DIG, Garhwal, Ajay Rautela, Secretary, Secretariat Administration, Indudhar Baudai, Commissioner, Excise, D Chaudhari, and other heads of departments were present at the meeting.