However, around 1.5 lakh gazettedofficers withdrew from the strike after a Government Resolution (GR) was issued tonight stating that the pending arrears of the Dearness Allowance (DA) for a period of 14 months will be paid to them.
Another GR was issued stating that the 7th pay commission will be implemented from January 2019.
The demand of employees for a five-day week and raising the retirement age from 58 years to 60 years will be taken up during Diwali, an official said tonight.
The arrears will be paid in the salaries of employees for August month, as per the GR.
Earlier in the day, state Government Employees Organisation president Nitin Sardeshmukh said class III and class IV employees of Zilla Parishads, state hospitals, staff working at Mantralaya (secretariat) will participate in the strike.
Sardeshmukh said the employees are yet to receive the arrears accrued to them since the implementation of the sixth Pay Commission by the state government.
He said 1.85 lakh posts of class III and class IV employees are lying vacant in Maharashtra.
"Moreover, the demand for filling up 30,000 posts on compassionate grounds is also not accepted by the state government," Sardesmukh claimed.
He said around 30 to 40 per cent of total posts are lying vacant in hospitals and other essential services departments.
A General Administration Department (GAD) official said the employees working in essential services deparments like hospitals, fire brigade, water supply etc. have been directed not to join the strike, or else provisions of Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) will be invoked against them.
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