Pradeep Pattanayak

Following action against the chief fireman, who was leading the firemen’s agitation, the Odisha Fire Services personnel on Friday called off their strike and joined their duties. 

On February 19, the Odisha Fire Services personnel who had been protesting by wearing black badges for the last two months threatened to go on mass leave from Wednesday, February 21. The state government on Wednesday invoked the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) to restrain them from staging agitation. Later, chief fireman Akshay Pradhan, who was leading the strike, was given forced retirement. 
Following the action taken against Pradhan, the agitating firemen called off their strike. 

However, Pradhan threatened that the 5,000 Odisha Fire and Emergency Services personnel would give the government a befitting reply in the coming days if their demands were not met. 

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“The government should think about the problem faced by the families of 5000 employees. I would like to request the government to fulfil their two demands. Even after ousting me, if the government doesn’t fulfil their demands, the 5000 families would give a befitting reply,” said Pradhan. 
The fire service personnel have been demanding salaries, allowances, and levels at par with the Odisha Police, and registration of their association.

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