Over 12,000 diploma engineers start indefinite strike for demands

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 May 2018 09:49:46


Staff Reporter,

“ANNOYED with fake assurances of the State Government, over 12,000 diploma engineers started indefinite strike to press for 5-point demands. Diploma engineers have warned the State Government to fulfill their genuine demands on priority or else they will stop essential services like water supply and stop all the construction works after May 9,” informed C S Dave, Officiating President of Regional Committee, while addressing a press conference on Saturday.
Dave added that in November and December 2017 more than 4,500 diploma engineers sent postcards to the Chief Minister to press for their demands of providing grade-pay of Rs 4,800 to diploma engineers as given in other states, appointment of diploma engineers on vacant posts in different departments, promotion of diploma engineers after 10, 20 and 30 years of services and compulsory promotion after 30 years of services as Assistant Engineer and extension of departments according to PWD work manual to reduce work load on sub-engineers cadre.

Considering their demands, the CM had constituted a committee headed by Principal Secretary (Finance) to act on their demands. The committee was directed to submit its report within a month. Even after more than one year, the committee is yet to submit its report. Thereafter, a regional delegation of diploma engineers met the Chief Minister on March 23, 2018, and April 1, 2018, who gave assurance to fulfill their demands soon but no positive initiative has been taken yet.

Now, more than 12,000 diploma engineers are working as sub-engineers in Water Resource Department, Public Works Department, Public Health Engineer Department, Rural Engineering Service Department, Narmada Valley Development Department, Rural Road Development Authority etc have started their indefinite strike from May 2. Diploma engineers including Vinay Jain, Umesh Dubey, S N Ahirwar, Suraj Singh Kushwaha, Sunil Jain, Praveen Sharma, Sharad Gupta and others informed that their indefinite strike will be continued till their demands are met.