Fill posts before promising services: Govt staff tell State

The Karnataka State Government Employees’ Association has opposed the implementation of the Government Services Guarantee Act popularly known as Right to Services, without filling the 1.26 lakh vacant posts in different departments.  

The government has decided to implement the Act on April 1.

Speaking to mediapersons here on Friday, the Association State president L Byrappa said though the Association welcomed providing service to people in the specified time, it was practically not possible to implement the same without filing the vacant posts.

Retirement 

He said in the year 2012-13, about one lakh government employees would retire and it would further aggravate the problem due to heavy workload. 

After increasing the retirement age from 56 to 60 years, this is the first time that a large number of employees will retire from service, Byrappa added.

No staff shortage

There is an acute shortage of staff in most of the departments. The provision of imposing fine on the employees who failed to provide service in the prescribed time was reprehensible, he added. 

“The Act should be implemented only after filling all the posts,” Byrappa said.

The Official Pay Committee headed by the Additional Chief Secretary Subir Harisingh should submit its final report on the implementation of the VI Pay Commission on February 25. 

If the Committee failed to do so, the Association will chalk out its future course of action at the state executive and council meetings to be held on February 25 and 26.

He said the Committee was given nine months time to submit its report and the period ended on February 16. 

He urged Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda to announce the implementation of revised pay scales in toto in the upcoming budget- 2012- 13.

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