Read the following:
1.G.O.Ms.No.33,Finance (FR-I) dept, dt. 04.02.2014.
2.G.O.Ms.No.107, Finance (FR-I) dept, dt. 16.05.2014.
3. Memorandum presented to Honb’le Chief Minister by the Andhra Pradesh Non-Gazetted Officer’s Association on 06.06.2014.
4. Representation of the Joint Action Committee of Employees, Teachers, Workers and Pensioners, ap, dt. 18.07.2014.
5. Representation of ap Secretariat Association, dt.16.09.2014.
In response to the calls given by their representative associations, several categories of employees of the State Government of Andhra Pradesh participated in general strike during the periods from 13.08.2013 to 17.10.2013 and 06.02.2014 to 20.02.2014, opposing the decision of the Government of India to bifurcate the erstwhile state of ap
2. In the reference 1st read and second read above, The govt has issued orders, in effect to sanction Earned Leave for the period of absence of the employee. Where employees did not have adequate Earned Leave in their account, it was ordered that the earned leave available will first be exhausted and the shortfall will be considered for sanction as Earned Leave to be earned, and shall be adjusted from the future credit of Earned Leave for that employee. Only in case of employees retiring within one year with effect from 13-8-2013, if such employees do not have adequate Earned Leave in their account, it was ordered that any eligible leave be considered for sanction after exhausting the available Earned Leave.
3. The employees associations in their representations to the Hon’ble Chief Minister in the references 3rd to 5th read above, requested the Government to treat the above strike period as duty or sanction ‘Special Casual Leave’ stating that the strike of Seemandhraemployees was for the unity of the State and it was not for service benefits.
4. The strike call was given by the employees’ associations mainly against the decision of the Central Government to divide the erstwhile state of Andhra Pradesh, reflecting the genuine concern of the employees for the integrity of the State. The strike coincided with the general strike throughout the state at that time for the same cause. Considering the adverse impact of bifurcation on the successor state of Andhra Pradesh, the strike is to be considered as an action for a just cause intended for the benefit of the public at large rather than for the benefit of employees themselves. The Government has, therefore, considered the demand of the employees’ associations in a sympathetic manner and has decided to sanction special casual leave to the employees who participated in the strike during the periods mentioned in paragraph one above.
5. Accordingly, in modification of the orders issued in the Government Orders first and second read above, Government hereby order that ‘Special Casual Leave’, equal to the number of days of their actual, be sanctioned to those employees, who have participated in any or both the spells of the general strike during the periods from 13.08.2013 to 17.10.2013 and from 06.02.2014 to 20.02.2014, as per the calls given by their representative associations, and restore to their leave accounts equal amount of leave, if any, already availed by them in terms of the orders issued in the Government Orders first and second read above. These orders are, however, subject to the outcome of the cases pending in the Hon’ble High Court.