Diploma engineers issued an ultimatum to the state government saying if their demands were not fulfilled by 10 February they will be forced to take to the streets.
Addressing a Press conference here today Orissa Diploma Engineers’ Service Association president Mr Nirmal Chandra Swain and general secretary Mr Yashobant Nayak said the government had discriminated against them and favoured degree engineers in promotion as well as pay scale fixation.
Earlier, diploma engineers used to get promoted to the rank of assistant engineers. A 33 percent quota was fixed for such promotions but with the government declaring assistant engineers as Junior Class I officers, the diploma engineers have been deprived of promotion to that post.
We want the government to declare us as Class II officers so that we can avail such promotional posts, they said.
There are 7,000 diploma engineers and the government can ill afford to ignore their genuine demands said Mr Nayak while listing out their 10 point charter of demands.
The 5th Pay Commission had recommended a pay scale comprising of three slabs for diploma engineers but the 6th Pay Commission has not done so, they said while seeking a revision.
Posting of junior engineers on contractual basis and regularization of services of contractual Junior engineers, enhancement of allowance, declaration of JE post as essential service were some of the other demands voiced by the Association leaders. On 10 February, the diploma engineers will stage a protest rally here and follow it up by intensifying their agitation if the government fails to fulfill the demands, said Mr Swain.