BHUBANESWAR: The BJP on Thursday urged the State Government to extend the benefit of the 7th Pay Commission's recommendations to block grant teachers, employees of State's public sector undertakings (PSUs) and urban local bodies (ULBs).
Coming down heavily on the Government for its apathy to the long pending demands of the block grant teachers, BJP's State unit president Basanta Panda demanded regularisation of services of the teachers on agitation since August 16 and filling up of all vacant posts of teachers at school and college levels.
Since the Government is claiming to have surplus revenue, it should not discriminate against employees of its PSUs, notified area councils, municipalities, municipal corporations and cooperative bodies so far as implementation of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations is concerned, he said.
Panda strongly pleaded for granting substantial hike in the remunerations of ASHA Karmis, anganwadi workers, Gram Rakhis, Krushak Sathis, drivers of 108 ambulance and other low paid employees working in different Government schemes.
Reiterating his party's demand for loan waiver to farmers and providing interest-free loans to agriculture and allied activities, Panda said the benefit of the surplus revenue should reach all sections of the people.
Earlier on Tuesday, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced implementation of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations for nearly 4.5 lakh Government employees and 3.5 lakh pensioners of the State.