Fixed-pay workers call off agitation after assurance from CM

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Jan Adhikar Manch, an outfit of fixed pay employees, today called off their agitation against Vibrant Gujarat Summit after Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani assured them of “positively” considering the demand for parity in salary with other state government employees.

In a statement after holding meeting with Rupani at Gandhinagar today, leader of the Manch, Pravin Ram, announced that fixed-pay employees as well as contractual workers will not stage any protests during the upcoming Summit, to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 10.

“During the meeting, CM Rupani said that his government is positively considering all the demands of fixed pay employees. He also assured that state government would file a favourable affidavit in the Supreme Court on January 10. After that assurance, we have decided to call off our agitation,” said Ram in a statement.

An official release said the meeting remained fruitful as agitators were convinced with the assurances given by the CM and subsequently dropped their plans to disrupt the upcoming Vibrant Summit.

Representatives of Jan Adhikar Manch were also informed during the meeting that government intends to recruit around 67,000 youths within one year, while 26,000 were already given employment.

The state government also informed the agitators that a mechanism to ensure that companies opening their units in Gujarat employ 85 per cent local youths will be developed, said the release.

On January 1, thousands of fixed-pay employees as well as contractual workers under the banner of Jan Adhikar Manch held demonstrations at Gandhinagar demanding parity in salary and abolition of fixed-pay regime.

The agitators had announced that employees will disrupt the Vibrant Summit if the government does not come up with a concrete assurance by January 7.

A day later, Deputy CM Nitin Patel announced that the government is mulling to induct maximum number of such fixed-pay wagers as regular state government employees. PTI PJT PD RMT KIS

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