State tehsildars, naib tehsildars go on strike – The Indian Express

Over 3,000 tehsildars, naib tehsildars and deputy district collectors in Maharashtra have gone on an indefinite strike demanding pay scale as per grade. The fresh agitation comes days after the strike by state government employees demanding Old Pension Scheme (OPS).
“Naib tehsildar is a grade II position but are not given identical pay scale. We have been following up the matter with the state government since 1998. In 2014, the demand was approved in principle but later it was sidelined,” said Suresh Bagle, working president, Maharashtra State Tehsildar and Naib Tehsildar Organisation.
Nearly 2,200 naib tehsildars, 650 tehsildars and 250 deputy district collectors have gone on strike.
The organisation had given a strike call on March 1 following which the government informed it on March 13 that state Revenue Minister Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil had conveyed to Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who also holds the finance portfolio, about approving the demand. The government had asked the organisation to not go ahead with the strike as it was seriously considering its demand.
“The issue has been pending since 1998 and it was only after our strike call that the government said that it was seriously considering the demand. This is one of the simplest and smallest demands which the government can easily approve,” said Bagle.
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