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Vadodara Jail police staff on mass leave, seek equal benefits

Months before the state election, one more protest makes discontent among several lawyers of the population, evident

Sabrangindia 29 Sep 2022

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Representation Image | IANS


Officials cited “discrimination” by the Gujarat government, which has not included the jail staff in the Rs 550 crore allowance announced for the Gujarat police in August this year

A mass casual leave by the jail police staff from various districts of Gujarat saw a unique protest outside their respective jail premises in the state on September 28 reported The Indian Express. They were demanding an immediate resolution to their demands, which includes an extension of benefits given to the Gujarat police personnel to the jail police staff.

Officials and other staff of both the Vadodara Central Jail and Chhota Udepur sub-jail Wednesday, went on a mass Casual Leave (CL) over the issue of grade pay and old pension scheme among other demands. They cited “discrimination” by the Gujarat government, which has not included the jail staff in the Rs 550 crore allowance announced for the Gujarat police in August this year.

Outside the Vadodara Central jail, the officials held placards stating, “Jail police personnel are included in the 7th Pay Commission benefits, but the remuneration for forfeiting leaves is given as per the sixth pay commission slabs. This should be rectified immediately… Similarly, all personnel should be given a designated one day off in a week.”

Another protesting personnel from Chhota Udepur sub jail said, “The  state government declared a Rs 550 crore annual package for Gujarat police in October. According to the package, the police constables will get about Rs 5,200 annual salary increment and head constables will get Rs 58,000 (or 5,800) . But these benefits have not been given to the jail police… Why is there discrimination? ”

What makes matters more serious is that in Vadodara, Jail officials threatened a sustained agitation if these demands are not met.

“As per the Gujarat government circular of 2014, the jail personnel are supposed to be given the same benefits received by the city and district police officials. But why has the Gujarat jail police been set aside like it is not required… If that is the case, we will lock all the jails over the next few days if the government fails to correct this injustice. The entire state will suffer if the jail staff decides to go on agitation.”

 

Vadodara Jail police staff on mass leave, seek equal benefits

Months before the state election, one more protest makes discontent among several lawyers of the population, evident

Police
Representation Image | IANS


Officials cited “discrimination” by the Gujarat government, which has not included the jail staff in the Rs 550 crore allowance announced for the Gujarat police in August this year

A mass casual leave by the jail police staff from various districts of Gujarat saw a unique protest outside their respective jail premises in the state on September 28 reported The Indian Express. They were demanding an immediate resolution to their demands, which includes an extension of benefits given to the Gujarat police personnel to the jail police staff.

Officials and other staff of both the Vadodara Central Jail and Chhota Udepur sub-jail Wednesday, went on a mass Casual Leave (CL) over the issue of grade pay and old pension scheme among other demands. They cited “discrimination” by the Gujarat government, which has not included the jail staff in the Rs 550 crore allowance announced for the Gujarat police in August this year.

Outside the Vadodara Central jail, the officials held placards stating, “Jail police personnel are included in the 7th Pay Commission benefits, but the remuneration for forfeiting leaves is given as per the sixth pay commission slabs. This should be rectified immediately… Similarly, all personnel should be given a designated one day off in a week.”

Another protesting personnel from Chhota Udepur sub jail said, “The  state government declared a Rs 550 crore annual package for Gujarat police in October. According to the package, the police constables will get about Rs 5,200 annual salary increment and head constables will get Rs 58,000 (or 5,800) . But these benefits have not been given to the jail police… Why is there discrimination? ”

What makes matters more serious is that in Vadodara, Jail officials threatened a sustained agitation if these demands are not met.

“As per the Gujarat government circular of 2014, the jail personnel are supposed to be given the same benefits received by the city and district police officials. But why has the Gujarat jail police been set aside like it is not required… If that is the case, we will lock all the jails over the next few days if the government fails to correct this injustice. The entire state will suffer if the jail staff decides to go on agitation.”

 

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