Bhubaneswar: Demanding withdrawal of the revised Assured Career Progression Scheme (ACPS), hundreds of staffs including section officers (SO), assistant section officers (ASO) and desk officers (DO) under the banner of Odisha Secretariat Service Association (OSSA)today staged a dharna at the main entrance gate of the State Secretariat here.
Following the protest, chief minister Naveen Patnaik, who had given his nod to the ACPS yesterday, withdrew his decision.
“The Chief Minister has assured us to roll back the decision which was made through bureaucratic pressure and without the knowledge of the finance minister. The chief minister would discuss the issue with our representative within one week to find a possible solution,” said Krushna Chandra Mohapatra, president OSSA.
The striking employees lodged their protest against the decision of the state government to implement the revised scheme, which allegedly goes against the interest of the officials as it has restricted grade pay of the officials during their promotion.
They demanded to implement the grade pay system according to the Central guidelines.
It may be mentioned here that as per the ACPS, the grade pay of the Secretariat officers would go up from Rs 1400 to Rs 9,500 at different levels in accordance with their promotion.
But in a recent resolution, the state government has decided to add Rs 4,400 GP system between Rs 4,200 and Rs 4,600 GP which left the State Secretariat officers fuming.
Following the demonstration, agriculture minister Debi Prasad Mishra and panchayati raj minister Kalpataru Das, besides several IAS officers, could not enter into the Secretariat premises.