Fisheries Minister Jayakumar talking to newsmen today said govsernment was not in a position to accept the JACTO-GEO demands in the wake of financial crunch the government was facing and urged them to return to work failing which they may have to face departmental action.
Government, he said had made it clear when the Seventh Finance Commission recommendations were implemented on October 1, 2017 the resultant arrears as well the demand for reverting to the old pension scheme and wages on par with Central staff for middle school staff would not be given in views of the heavy financial burden it would cause on the exchequer. Despite the repeated appeals by the government the JACTO-GEO union affiliated government staf and teachers from January 1 this year have gone on indefinite strike.
He fervently appealed to the misdirected employees and the teachers not to fall a prey to the machinations of the union leaders especially when exams were due and students will be put to hardhips in respect of their studies and asked them to return to work immediately.
Jayakumar further pointed out that that in as may as 174 countries the old pension scheme had been given up considering the heavy financial burden it will cause on the exchequer. Even in our country except in West Bengal all other States and the Central government had on expert advice from financial wizards done away with the old pension scheme as it will cause near bankruptcy to the government coffers. Therefore if the old pension scheme was reverted to there won’t be funds fro any welfare scheme and implementation of development projects, he added,Even late chief minister Jayalalithaa during her regime only said that she will examine whether there any possibility to implement the old pension scheme as demanded and the committee set up on this issue also ruled out its implementation.
When government staff and teachers were now receiving handsome pay after implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission compared to their brethren in the private sector good sense must prevail on the part of agitators to give up the stir and join duty forthwith, the minister emphasised.