The three-day strike of over 16 lakh government employees in Uttar Pradesh entered day 2 today.
The employees, under the banner of Rajya Karmchari Sanyukt Parishad (RKSP), are holding protests to demand promotion and cashless medical facilities, since Wednesday.
Basic Education, Secondary Education Directorate, Social Welfare, Public Works Department, Labour, Transport, Treasury, Agriculture and Accounts offices remained closed yesterday while employees were seen protesting at the gates of their respective departments.
“The state government had accepted four demands in 2013 during ‘Maha-hartal’, which was called off after the intervention of the High Court. However, these demands were not fulfilled. Over 16 lakh employees have boycotted work to press for their demands,” President, RKSP, Harikishore Tiwari said.
He said after three days the Parishad would formulate the future strategy and the strike could be extended for an indefinite period.
“In 2013, state government had accepted four main demands, including cashless treatment, promotion of tehsildar (revenue officers), promotion of sanitation workers and time bound promotions of clerks,” he said and demanded immediate fulfilment of government’s promises.
Meanwhile, strike on Wednesday heavily affected traffic movement in the city, as massive jams were witnessed in busy areas like Hazratganj and Vidhan Sabha Marg due to the protests by the employees.
The three-day strike call was given by RKSP on Tuesday.