OSOA to go on a nationwide strike from June 24

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New Delhi, Jun 17 (UNI) The Oil Sector Officers' Association (OSOA) has decided to launch a nationwide direct agitation programme from June 24 this year with the objective to force the Governemnt to rectify the injustice done to them in the recently announced pay revision.

According to an OSOA press release issued here today, all the oil PSUs have been hit by high rate of attritition and more than 2,000 officers have left the PSUs mainly due to low compensation which has failed to bridge the gap between private players and oil PSUs.

It has further restricted the package leading to irrational compensation. The pay scales have been designed in such a way that the fitness benefit would result in stagnation since day one itself.

Despite OSOA giving all the inputs before the finalisation of the recommendations, none of the suggestions have been incorporated in the report.

The release further pointed out that OSOA Convenor Ashok Singh has time and again brought out the issues of corruption in higher places in the Ministries specifically related to contracts given by Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (MOPNG) and the corruption in the oil sector being forced by Secretary, Petroleum and Natural Gas.

Instead of taking action in these corruption cases the government is trying to use arm twisting tactics by suspending OSOA Convenor Ashok Singh.

The release said it is surprising that the government instead of reducing the tax and duties on the petroleum is superficially managing the prices whereas it is silently filling their coffers by imposing high rate of excise duty, education tax and vat.

The fact is that the basic price on fuel even now is only Rs 22 to Rs 23 per litre on which we end up paying Rs 30 as taxes. If the Government is so much adamant on subsidising the fuel and keeping the duties high then it is better that the subsidy be shifted to general budget instead of bleeding the professionally managed public sector oil companies, the release added.


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