Thousands of agitating employees of the Andhra Pradesh state, including teachers, headed by the Pay Revision Commission Struggle Committee won some of their demands late on Saturday.
The employees withdrew their agitation only after a long session of negotiations with the representatives of the government. The employees had marched on the streets of Vijayawada city on 4th February, in protest against the recent pay revision. They had threatened to launch an indefinite strike from Sunday midnight.
The government conceded to certain demands of the employees like restoring the house rent allowance (HRA), and the City Compensatory Allowance (CCA) that was abolished as per the pay revision orders. The government also agreed that there would be no immediate adjustment of the interim relief dues for the period July 1, 2019 to March 30, 2020. It also agreed to undertake pay revision once every five years in stead of once every ten years.
The Pay Revision announced by the state government on 17th January was going to result in lowering of the employees’ salaries. However, this issue has not been satisfactorily resolved so far.