Maharashtra: Shinde urges government employees to call off strike


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, Shinde told the assembly that one can take such a drastic step when there is no scope for talks, but in the present case the government is ready to hold talks with the agitating employees as any decision on the pension scheme would have economic implications.

Mumbai Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Tuesday urged the state government employees to call off their strike. He insisted that the state government is positive and sympathetic towards their demand for restoration of the Old Pension Scheme (OPS). Lakhs of state government employees went on an indefinite strike on Tuesday demanding the restoration of the Old Pension Scheme (OPS) in Maharashtra. This affected administrative work and many services in the state. Shinde told the assembly that one can take such a drastic step when there is no scope for talks, but in the present case the government is ready to hold talks with the agitating employees as any decision on the pension scheme would have economic implications.

He said, “I urge the government employees to call off the strike. They will have to deliberate and discuss this issue with the government, call off the strike considering the problems faced by the people.” The Chief Minister said that there was a lot of time left for the employees who joined the service after 2005 to retire. It may be noted that the National Pension System (NPS) was implemented on November 1, 2005 in place of OPS in Maharashtra. He said, “You can decide to go on strike whenever you want, but it is not necessary to go on strike today. We also told them (employee unions) that those who retire before the decision (by the government on OPS) is taken will get full benefits.

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