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TN suspends staff, teachers; more action likely

CHENNAI: The state govt on Saturday suspended 450 lecturers and govt team of workers after lots of them were remanded in judicial custody for containing demonstrations as part of their statewide strike. The crackdown will proceed with disciplinary action below 17 (b) for unauthorized absence from Monday. The Madras HC had instructed lecturers to renew paintings conserving students' hobby in mind.

Personnel and administrative reforms minister D Jayakumar on Saturday said the government has rejected some demands of the protesters due to monetary constraints. "The staff should understand that they get higher pay than those in the private sector," he said. Reports about closure of 5,000 schools and merger of three,500 schools were false propaganda of the unions, Jayakumar said.

Jactto-Geo state coordinator M Anbarasu said the government, which had no drawback in revising the salary of MLAs and bureaucrats, used to be elevating issue over environment proper pay anomalies of its team of workers. "We want the CM to hold talks as the minister had been assuring us to take the issue to CM's notice for the last two years." Strike would proceed until our demands are met, he said.

Return to paintings or face action: Government

Rejecting outright the demands of the striking govt staff and lecturers, the state govt on Saturday asked them to return to paintings or face disciplinary action.

The Joint Action Council of Tamil Nadu Teachers’ Organizations and Government Employees’ Organizations (Jactto-Geo), the excellent frame of government team of workers, alternatively, vowed to proceed with the indefinite strike. The excessive courtroom also had asked the employees to renew paintings.

The govt has already began cracking down. Those who were remanded or let loose on bail in the last two days – legitimate estimate says 450 people - had been suspended and more would practice in the coming days, govt assets said. While slogan shouting is taken lightly, street roko invokes hassle. The division heads have shot off letters directing district collectors to behave. Chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami held a high-level assembly of ministers and bureaucrats previous in the day and took stock of the situation.

Soon after, team of workers and administrative reforms minister, D Jayakumar said that a central authority committee on pay anomalies had already turned down outdated pension scheme, a key demand of the team of workers, as that might imply more spending on salaries and pension and no price range for welfare schemes in a couple of years. “Experts had warned of chapter with emerging pension expenses once a year… No govt will accept this (outdated scheme). The state has to paintings for the folks, not to disburse salaries/ pension,” the minister said. On the demand to hike pay scale of secondary grade lecturers on a par with the Central team of workers, Jayakumar said it would have an effect on horizontal and vertical parity. The state’s own tax revenue stood at ₹1.64 lakh crore in 2018-19, of which 47% is spent on payment of salaries and pension.

Jayakumar said the state would incur an additional expenditure of ₹20,000 crore to disburse the dues of seventh pay commission from the notional date. This is any other key demand of the team of workers.

The striking lecturers should face more hassle as temporary lecturers are changing them around the state with overwhelming reaction. “There is not any vacancy technically when the teacher gets again to paintings. They should pass to the CEO concerned and get a posting, but they're going to be posted in the subsequent village or the town or district. Not in the similar position. Tahsildars, deputy tahsildars or block development officers taking part in the strike will likely be posted outside the district,” said a senior legitimate.

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