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General meeting of government employees on May 26 with seven demands

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  • 09 May, 2023 08:43:30

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News Desk: The Bangladesh Government Employees Adai Oikya Parishad General Assembly was scheduled to be held at Central Shaheed Minar on May 12 for the ninth pay-scale, seven-point demand including 50 percent dearness allowance. The date of the program has been changed to May 26 due to Dhaka University's admission test on that day.

A press release informed that the date of the general assembly was changed in a meeting of the Executive Committee of the Bangladesh Government Employees Claims Unity Council on Sunday. The General Secretary of the Executive Committee of the General Assembly and the General Secretary of the General Assembly said that we had all kinds of preparations for the General Assembly. But since the Shaheed Minar is inside the Dhaka University, when permission was sought from the university authorities, the university authorities requested to schedule the program on another day as there was an admission test on that day. In view of this, it was decided to postpone the program in a meeting of the organization.

It is known that the organization has been agitating for a long time for seven point demands including restructuring of the current pay commission and payment of 50 percent dearness allowance. The Prime Minister, Chief Secretary to the Prime Minister, Cabinet Secretary, Public Administration Secretary have been given several memorandums to realize these demands, but no response has been received.

Then last year in June, a mass meeting was called at the Central Shaheed Minar. After that, they withdrew the program on the assurance of Public Administration State Minister Farhar Hossain to talk to the Prime Minister about their demands. But so far no contact has been made with them, the leaders of the organization alleged.

Their demands also include fixation of pay in 10 steps as per 1973 declaration, employee representatives in pay commissions, formulation of uniform recruitment rules for employees in all departments and autonomous institutions like secretariat, time scale, selection grade, reinstatement of pay seniority. And fixing the rate of gratuity at 100 percent instead of the existing 90 percent with the introduction of pension instead of gratuity in all autonomous institutions.

Implementation of Appellate Division judgment of primary school head teachers, enhancement of salary of assistant teachers to 10th grade, cancellation of recruitment through outsourcing system, promotion of all posts including block post employees or giving higher grade every five years, consideration of subordinate court employees as judicial employees and technical work. Granting technical rank to enlisted employees and fixing age limit of entry into service at 35 years and retirement age at 62 years.

Govt employees say that in 8th pay scale, the salary of government employees is increased at the rate of 5 per cent every year. In this pay scale, it was said that salary and allowances will be adjusted and increased in line with inflation. But in the last eight years, despite the extraordinary rise in commodity prices in the market, the wage growth rate has remained at 5 percent. Inflation of 5 percent in 2015 is now 9.24 percent. Still, the salary is increasing at the rate of 5 percent. Which is completely absurd. So now is the time to announce the ninth pay scale.

Bangladesh Primary Teachers Association President Anwarul Islam Tota, Third Grade Staff Association President Ibrahim Khalil, Inter-University Staff Federation President Khandaker Mohiuddin Ahmed, Grade 17-20 Staff President Nasir Uddin Howladar and other coordinators were also present in the executive committee meeting.


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