Kolkata: The BJP has called for a strike on September 26 to protest the death of two students of Darivite High School at Islampur in North Dinajpur district. Different state government employees organisation have raised their voice against this memorandum of Mamata Banerjee government. Debashis Sil, the convenor of West Bengal Karmachari Parishad, which is a wing of BJP, has criticised the state government memorandum. He said, “This is unprecedented except on one occasion. I never have seen such kind of memorandum before general strike in my prolong service period.”
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is now in Italy, has ruled out any strike in the state and stated clearly that the administration will be active to make the strike ineffective for the people.
The state government has published a memorandum which states that all state government offices and offices provided with Grants-in-Aid by government will remain open on September 26. All government employees will have to report for duty on that date.
The state government employees will have to keep the following 10 points in mind:
1. No Casual Leave(CL) shall be granted to any employee on Sept 26 for absence in –
(a) first half of the day, or
(b) second half, or
(c) whole day, or
(d) any other leave
2. Employees on leave on September 24 will have to report for duty on September 25.
3. No leave on September 25 and September 27 2018.
4. The Governor decided that absence of employees on that day will be treated as dies non. As per the dictionary, a ‘dies non’ is a day on which no legal business can be done, or which does not count for legal purposes.
5. No salary will be admissible unless the absence is covered by following grounds:
(a) hospitalisation of the employee
(b) bereavement in the family
(c) severe illness and absence continuing prior to September 24
(d) Employees on child care leave, maternity leave, medical leave, earned leave. These leaves should have been sanctioned before September 24.
6. Dislocation/disruption of vehicular traffic will not be considered a reason for granting leave.
7. Show-cause notice to those who will remain absent on September 26 and/or date/period mentioned above.
8. Those show-caused will have to explain why no action will be taken against him for unauthorised absence.
9. Leave due and admissible will be granted on receipt of satisfactory reply along with documented evidence.
10. If absence is not covered by any of the above-mentioned reasons, and leave not approved, it will be treated as ‘dies non’ and no salary will be admissible for the above-mentioned days.
According to the notice by HK Dwivedi, additional chief secretary of finance department, those who will fail to respond to the show-cause notice will be liable to disciplinary action. All actions based on this order, must be completed by October 5 2018. A compliance report on action taken should be sent to the finance department.