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Uttar Pradesh employees continue strike over promotion in reservation Bill

Posted on Dec 14, 06:02PM | UNI

Over 1.8 million employees of Uttar Pradesh government continued their indefinte strike today for the second day in protest against the proposed amendment of the Constitution to pave way for reservations in promotion for the government employees.

The employees of the general category and OBC went on a flash strike yesterday in the state after the Rajya Sabha took up the Bill to amend the Constitution to provide reservation in promotion for the Schdule Caste/Schedule Tribes in the government jobs.

Rallying under the banner of Sarvjan Hitay Sanrakshan Samiti (SHSS), the anti-promotion quota state employee unions took out protest march in the state capital today and announced to continue the agitation until the Bill tabled by the United Progressive Alliance government in the Rajya Sabha in this regard was not withdrawn.

To avoid inconvenience to the public, the SHSS has excluded power supply, water supply, transport and medical services from strike, its chairman Shailendra Dubey here said.

Mr Dubey told UNI here today that state employees of Uttarakhand would also go on strike from today while a major demonstration would be held at Jantar-Mantar in New Delhi against the proposed amendment of the Constitution.

He has, however, thanked the Samajwadi Party, Left Parties and the Shiv Sena to oppose the Bill in the Rajya Sabha.

Meanwhile, the Arakshran Bachao Sangharsh Samiti, supporting the Bill, has asked the SC/ST employees to work four hours more to counter the strike by the general and OBC employees.