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OKSS threatens agitation, accuses govt of indifference, illegal practices


OST Bureau

Bhubaneswar, Dec 15:

The Odisha Karmachari Sangram Samiti (OKSS) today threatened to take their agitation to the streets because even after repeated appeals, the state government has been ignoring their genuine demands .

Addressing a press conference here today, the OKSS leaders accused  the government of  deliberately avoiding discussions on various issues and problems faced by the employees across the state and even  ignoring court orders.

“Even though the government has raised the retirement age limit of different categories of employees to 60, it has notdone so for other workers, thus creating an unjust divide. Besides, it has failed to provide additional dearness allowances even though it has implemented Sixth Pay Commission. Many employees are yet to get their salaries under the new pay structure,” said Ramesh Rout, president of OKSS.

Rout also criticised the government for not providing health allowances to the pensioners.

Stating that lakhs of educated youth are roaming unemployed in the state, he said ,the government is engaging  retired officials in government positions by paying them high salaries.  He said the government is exploiting the educated youth by offering them contractual jobs instead of permanent jobs.

“This should stop,” Rout said.

They also alleged that the government had closed down the SIET illegally, only to hand over the organization to an NGO in a shady manner.

“The secretary of School and Mass Communication has closed down SIET by furnishing false and fabricated documents. While 22 employees of the organization are moving from pillar to post without any salary for months, the department has decided to hand over the building to an NGO after receiving a huge kickback,” said an OKSS leader.

The Odisha High Court had ordered a stay on the closure of the organization and also directed the government to provide regular salaries to the officials, but the School & Mass Education department has chosen to ignore it, they said

Referring to a case in OPGC, where the American power utility AES has 49% stake, OKSS members said six workers have been sacked illegally by the company and are yet to be re-engaged even after a High court direction dismissing  the OPGC order.