MANGALORE, February 10, 2011
The State Government employees from Dakshina Kannada on Wednesday staged a demonstration in front of the Deputy Commissioner's office reiterating their demand for pay parity with Union Government employees. The protest was a part of the Statewide agitation called by the Karnataka State Government Employees' Association.
Associations district unit general secretary Prakash Nayak said a Group D employee was getting salary of Rs. 4,800 while his counterpart in the Central Government was getting Rs. 7,800.
The difference in pay scale between the State and Union Government employees across different levels ranged between Rs. 3,000 and Rs. 10,000, he said. Mr. Nayak said the salary that was paid to government employees was based on the scale fixed in 2005. Although other State governments had implemented the Sixth Pay Commission report of the Union Government, the Karnataka Government was yet to do so.
“Since the last two years we have been assured of action, but this has not happened,” he said. As the State budget would be announced shortly, the association was reiterating its demand, he added.
The government employees were concerned over the delay in payment of salaries for government school teachers and the government hospital staff, who came under the zilla panchayat.
The salary had been linked to the quarterly grants sanctioned to the zilla panchayat.
“Teachers had a hard time as they get salary once in three months,” said association vice-president George Pinto.
The employees were asking the State Government to de-link payment of salaries from the grants that were released.