Gujarat warns staff against 'malicious' social media campaign on pay hike

Topics Gujarat | Social Media

Nitin Patel, Gujarat Health Minister

The Gujarat government on

Wednesday cautioned its employees, particularly nurses, police officers and bus conductors, against falling prey to a "malicious" social media campaign seeking a higher pay grade.

Talking to reporters in Gandhinagar, Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel alleged that even as the administration was busy tackling coronavirus, "some elements" were trying to mislead and incite the government employees by running a social media campaign for higher pay grade.

He was referring to a campaign on Twitter and Facebook that seeks higher pay grade for nurses, police officers and conductors employed by the Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation (GSRTC).

The campaign started a week back after the state government suspended its Government Resolution (GR), which had proposed a reduction in the pay grade of a section of primary teachers. The GR had proposed to reduce the pay grade from Rs 4,200 to Rs 2,800. However, it had suspended the GR following a campaign by teachers.

Citing this decision, other employees have started seeking a higher pay grade to end the "injustice" against them.

"By suspending the GR, we had only restored the old pay grade of Rs 4,200. However, an impression was created that the government has increased the pay grade from Rs 2,800 to Rs 4,200. Now, some elements have started inciting other employees for demanding a rise in the pay grade," Patel said.

"When the administration is busy fighting coronavirus, some people are running a malicious social media campaign to misguide our employees. First, an attempt was made to incite policemen. Now, health workers are being targeted," he said.

People should be wary of such campaigns...Don' fall prey to such malicious campaign," he added.

Patel, who handles Finance and Health portfolios, cautioned the employees not to get carried away by this kind of campaign from outsiders.

He assured the employees that no injustice has been done to them in terms of the pay grade.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Dear Reader,

Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.

We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

Business Standard is now on Telegram.
For insightful reports and views on business, markets, politics and other issues, subscribe to our official Telegram channel