Govt’s leave circular hands ammo to Congress

Bhattacharjee has urged the Chief Secretary to allow employees to “apply for leave” if they fail to attend duties “for some personal reasons”.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: February 23, 2012 3:02:04 am

The Trinamool-led government’s controversial radiogram message disallowing government staffers from taking leave on the day of the proposed industrial strike called by central trade unions on February 28 has intensified the ongoing feud in the Trinamool-Congress alliance in West Bengal with PCC president Pradip Bhattacharjee writing a letter to the Chief Secretary protesting against the government’s move.

“In that order,it has been stated that government employees will not be granted any leave on that day. It means,the employees who will be unable to attend their duties for physical illness or business,will not be allowed any leave. It means a punishment like ‘Break of Services’ will be imposed on them,” Bhattacharjee’s letter said.

Protesting the move,Bhattacharjee has urged the Chief Secretary to allow employees to “apply for leave” if they fail to attend duties “for some personal reasons”.

Congress’s labour wing INTUC-affiliated Confederation of State Government Employees has demanded the circular be modified and employees be given an option to apply for leave.

“The CPM-dominated State Coordination Committee has included some state specific issues,which are not part of the chartered of demand for which the nationwide industrial strike has been called. We are neither opposing the strike nor supporting it. Those who support the strike will not attend their duties,while those who oppose it will come to their offices. It is up to the employees to make their choice,” general secretary,Confederation of State Government Employees,Subrata Bhattacharjee said. INTUC will join the strike along with other Left trade unions. State Coordination Committee has strongly condemned the circular and has decided to hold demonstrations in all government offices during tiffin hours on February 24.

“The state government has issued a circular disallowing employees to apply for leave on the day of strike. The circular was issued in violation of all existing government rules. This is an unprecedented attack on the rights earned by the employees,” Ananta Bandyopadhyay of State Coordination Committee,said.

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