RG Karnik, general secretary of Maharashtra State Employees Union, alleged that the state government led by Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has been neglectful towards their demands.

Talking to reporters here, he said their main demands include five-day working week, raising retirement age to 60 years and bringing a strong law to deal with attacks and manhandling of government staffers on duty.

According to Karnik, the union had discussed these issues with then Chief Secretary Jayant Banthia on July 13, 2013.

"Banthia had assured us that details of the meeting will be presented to Chavan. Banthia, as per information with us, submitted his notes to the Chief Minister but Chavan kept mum," alleged Karnik.

Hence, we have no option but to go on an indefinite strike, he added.


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