Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam on Tuesday charged the main opposition party DMK with instigating government employees, who are on a fast, pressing several demands.
After meeting the protesting government employees, opposition leader in the assembly M K Stalin demanded that Chief Minister K Palaniswami hold talks with them and implement their demands.
Paneerselvam said an one man commission has been formed to hold talks with the members of the protesting JACTTO-GEO to know which of their demands can be met by the government.
He said that committee will be submitting its report on 31 July 2018. He was responding to special attention calling motion brought by the opposition parties. Stalin asked if the government is ready to meet the members of the JACTTO-GEO who have undergone an indefinite fasting seeking various demands.
Explaining the current financial status of the government, Panneerselvam said, close to 70 per cent of the state revenue is spent as salary and pension for government employees and teachers. “The protesting association should also understand the plight of the government and co-operate to run the government machinery without any hindrance.”
Panneerselvam also referred to various benefits for the employees, including implementing increase in salaries (effective October 1, 2017, which entailed an additional expenditure of Rs 14,719 crore) and gratuity (to Rs 20 lakh from previous Rs 10 lakh).
Panneerselvam said the Adiseshiah panel was set up only to examine ways to cut down revenue expenditure and not to downscale the strength of government employees.