New Delhi: The department of personnel and training (DoPT) has warned central government employees of disciplinary action if they observe ‘all-India protest day’ on Wednesday to press for upward revision of minimum pay beyond the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations and scrapping of of new pension scheme.
The DoPT in an order issued today reiterated its instructions prohibiting government servants from participating in any form of strike including mass casual leave, go slow etc, stating that it would be in violation of Rule 7 of CCS (Conduct) Rules, 1964. It called on all officers not to sanction casual leave or any other kind of leave to their subordinates in Central government offices during the period of the proposed protest.
Pay and allowances are inadmissible to an employee for his absence of duty without any authority under FR Rule 17(I), the order says.
All officers have also been asked to ensure that willing employees are allowed hindrance-free entry into the office premises.
The all-India protest day call for Wednesday was given by National Joint Council of Action (NJAC), an umbrella body of Central government employees unions, in support of its three key demands: (1) upward revision of minimum pay and fitment formula beyond the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations, (2) scrapping of new pension scheme, and (3) allowing Option 1 as one of the pension fitment formula.
The order also stated, “there is no statutory provision empower the employees to go on strike.”
The order asked all department heads to forward a report indicating the number and details of employees absent from duty on the day of the protest.