ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Paid Pipers

Paid Pipers Nireekshak OPPOSITION spokesmen in the Lok Sabha were justified in charging the government with arranging a "calculated leak" to prejudice, even scuttle, the talks with trade union leaders to avert the railway strike. The charge relates to the letter the Prime Minister wrote to Chief Ministers on April 27, when negotiations between the railwaymen and the government had just been resumed. Spelling out the government's tough line on the strike, the Prime Minister called upon the Chief Ministers to act firmly, adding that it was impossible for the government to accept all the demands of the railwaymen. In particular, the demand for bonus was characterised as untenable by the Prime Minister. Simultaneously, and rather contradictorily, she also suggested that the railwaymen should await the report of the Bonus Review Committee

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