The agitation of about eight lakh government employees of Rajasthan has been gaining momentum since several months. Government employee organizations in several districts of Rajasthan have been working to make the agitation a success. For example, on 18th January, a protest was held in front of the collector office on behalf of the Joint Employees Federation in Hanumangarh, where a memorandum regarding their demands, addressed to the Chief Minister, was given to the Collector.
On 23rd January, around one lakh government employees took out a massive rally in Jaipur in support of their 15-point demands. More than 80 government employees’ organizations participated in this rally and demonstrated their power. The rally was led by the All Rajasthan State Employees Joint Federation.
In Rajasthan, the government has announced the Old Pension Scheme (OPS). But this has not cooled the anger of the employees. The president of the State Employees Joint Federation reminded the government that OPS is not functional yet. Apart from this, 15 demands of the employees have been sent to the government. These include opposition to reduction in salary, promotion grade, rural allowance and many retirement related issues.
Federation president Ayudan Singh has warned the government that if their demands are not implemented, the agitation against the government will intensify further. In this context, the employees’ union has now announced a general strike in the entire state on 1st March 2023.