The faction-ridden West Bengal government employees, under the Trinamool Congress banner, were brought under under an umbrella outfit having a core panel of 41 members headed by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The new organisation will be called West Bengal State Government Employees Federation.
Addressing the state government employees at the Netaji Indoor stadium, the CM announced a slew of welfare schemes like a corpus fund of Rs 100 crore to provide housing loans to state government employees. The state government will also arrange for land and even announced an extension of the health scheme till March 2015.
Mamata said the state government employees should be given the same benefits as that of the central government employees as far as payment of dearness allowance (DA) is concerned and asked the Centre to pay the DA for state government employees, since the state government was under financial stress due to heavy borrowing during the previous Left Front regime.
CITU affiliated state coordination committee – the Left Front state government employees union drew flak from the CM for blocking files, causing inordinate delays and not cooperating with the state government.
Even as Mamata Banerjee was speaking, a group of contractual employees demanded they be made permanent and assured them that none will be retrenched as the government was not in a position to offer permanent jobs.
The rival state government employees unions rued no announcement was made about the DA by the CM. Sanket Chakraborty, INTUC backed organising secretary of the State government Employees Union, said there was no commitment made on the payment of DA, on the other hand she said that DA would be paid once a year. “It was disappointing,” he said. There are so many factions of Trinamool Congress state government employees that it was really difficult to control them”.