I-T Employees Strike on employment price rise pay issues

A very large number of Income Tax employees also participated in nation wide strike today and apart from their pay related issues charter of demand included broader issues like price rise unemployment treating Gramin Dak Sewaks as government employees
I-T Employees Strike on employment price rise pay issues

Contrary to general believe that Income Tax employees including its officer cadre are protesting against pay parity and issues related to their wage only, charter of demands of The Central Joint Council of Action (JCA) of income tax federation include treating Gramin Dak Sevaks as Civil Servants and extension of all benefits on pay, pension and allownaces of departmental employees.

Lakhs of Central government employees including employees and officers (numbering about 60,000) today participated in the one day General Strike. This is the 4th time in a row since 2011, the Income Tax Employees Federation and Income Tax Gazetted Officers Association could register the cent percent strike participation.

Ashok Kanojia, National President, Income Tax Employees Federation, said, “ We are not concerned about ourselves only. Our demands include urgent measures for containing price rise through universalization of public distribution, System and banning speculative trade in commodity market. Containing unemployment through concrete measures for employment generation.”
Other general demands of JCA include strict enforcement of all basic labour laws without any exception or exemption and stringent punitive measures for violation of labour laws. “ We demand universal social security cover for all workers and minimum wage of not less than 18000/- per month with provisions of indexation (for unskilled worker),” he added.
As per the report, 592 offices of the Income Tax Department all over India virtually remained closed and even the senior IRS officers in many places could not enter the offices.

The Central Joint Council of Action (JCA) expressed its gratitude to the strenuous and sincere efforts put in by all Circle leadership especially of Bengal, Bihar, Kerala and Gujarat, who had to surmount challenges and difficulties of a grave nature at the time of mobilisation. While Kerala and Bihar had to face the ire of the members produced by the mal-propoganda against the strike, the situation in Bengal was of severe nature due to the violent actions of the ruling party goons against the strikers. In so far as Gujarat was concerned, Income Tax employees and officers became almost the sole employees to take part in the strike while all other Government employees unfortunately decided to be non-strikers.

Earlier, the Joint Council of Action, Income Tax Delhi comprising income Tax Gazetted Officers Association and income Tax Employees Federation, held a lunch hour Gate Meeting and demonstration rally on September 1 in New Delhi.

Some of the major demands raised by the NJCA are as under: 1. Settle the issues raised by the confederation on the recommendations of the 7 CPC. 2. No privatization, /outsourcing/contractorisation of governmental functions 3. Scrap the PFRDA Act and NPS and grant Pension/family Pension to all CG employees under CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 & Railways Pension Rules, 1993.

Further, the JCA income Tax added some more demands which specifically relates pertaining to the income Tax Department like 1. Restore the horizontal relativity in the Pay Scale/Pay Levels assigned to inspectors/income Tax Officers/AO/PS/TA disturbed by the 7" CPC.

Kanojia said that the confederation has been forced to strike in support of long pending demands of with respect to 7CPC. He further reiterated that if the government does not address the genuine demands of the employees then confederation would be forced to go on indefinite strike.

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BK Jha is the Special Correspondent of Rural & Marketing. Prior to this he has been associated with The Hindustan Times, Political and Business Daily along with many other media organisations.
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