To demand removal of pay related grievances and other issues, on the call of the Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers & Central Trade Unions, more than 50,000 officers and staff working in more than 600 offices of the Income Tax Department spread all over India, participated in the One Day Nation wide strike.
The department’s staff were demanding settlement of 21 point Charter of Demands. The major issues included Settlement of demands raised by Nation Joint Committee for Action (NJCA) comprising employee federations and trade unions regarding modifications of 7th CPC recommendations. The protesters also demanded that the government should honour the assurance given by the Group of Ministers to NJCA on June 30, 2016 and July 6, 2016, especially increase in minimum wage and fitment factor.
Grant of revised HRA at the existing percentage itself such as 30%, 20% and 10%, Acceptance of the proposal of the staff side regarding Transport Allowance, Settlement of all anomalies arising out of implementation of 7th CPC recommendations, in a time bound manner, Scrap PFRDA Act and New Pension System, Remove 5% ceiling on compassionate appointments along with all other demands mentioned in the charter of demands.
Ashok Kanojia President, Income Tax Employees Federation (IETF), Rupak Sarkar, General Secretary, ITEF, Ajay Goyal, President ITGOA, and Ajay Sharma, General Secretary, ITEF, Delhi Circle told that as a result of the strike, work has gravely hampered in the Department. They also said that in Delhi also, more than 6000 Officers & other Employees working in various building of the Income Tax Department like C.R Building, Pratyaksh Kar Bhawan, Civic Center, Mayur Bhawan, R.K. Puram Building, ARA Center Jhandewalan Extn., Drum Shape Building and Vikas Bhawan etc. did not attend the office and the strike was very successful. None of the members of the Income Tax Gazetted Officers Association & Income Tax Employees Federation such as Gazetted Officers and staff members attended the office. Employees of other Central Government Departments also remain on strike today.
“If the demands of the Employees & Workers are not accepted by the Government, the Central Leaders will be forced to intensify the ongoing agitational programme, Kanojia added..
Charter of Demand also asked for treating Gramin Dak Sewaks (GDS) of Postal department as civil servants, and extend all benefits like pay, pension, allowances among others of departmental employees to GDS. It also demanded publishing GDS Committee report immediately.