Thousands  join  thali march for 12 demands

* State INTUC support demands

By Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR | Mar 29 | Thousand of slogan shouting workers of organised and un-organised sectors holding banners and placards staged dharna at IG park here today to press for their 12 demands.

Women workers beating thalis along the thoroughfare of the state capital marched, naming it thali march.

The demands included wage of contingency/casual workers  from present to Rs 18,000 pm as per national floor level; regularization of services of workers including WC those who have completed 12 years and above; Implementation of golden handshake policy in all departments as adopted by PWD and RWD or their services should be regularized , particularly in power, PHE, WRD, RWD, RD & UD departments; release of adhoc bonus to casual/contingency workers since 2009-10; 75% reservation of C & D group posts for casual/contingency workers in every department; job under compassionate ground; regularization of ALCs; abolition of master roll in forest & environment department, regularization and hike of anganwadi workers or social security for un-organized sector; separate colours for commercial taxis and autos; regularization & salary hike of APB&OCWWB staff; implementation of all statutory benefits including housing loan for all APB&OCWWB registered workers.

JWCAPTU chairman Changma Tajo, in his address,  termed the non-responsive attitude of the GoAP towards genuine demands very unfortunate  even after submission of many memorandum. The agitation will continue  till the demands are met, he reiterated.

Meanwhile, Indian National Trade Union Congress, Arunachal Pradesh state INTUC unit strongly supported the genuine demands of JWCAPTU, including salary hike of contingency/casual workers to Rs.18,000 pm, regularization of contingency/casual workers who have completed 12 years & above service etc.

Despite repeated JWCAPTU demands, the GoAP has failed to fulfill the demands when paying regular staffs all 7th Central Pay Commission benefits. These poor workers backbone of state development are facing hardship to sustain their livelihood with the meager wages, INTUC president Padi Richo said in a statement.

The APB&OCWWB formed in 2007 initiated to collect 1% cess of project cost from GoAP & GoI agencies for the welfare of organised & un-organised labourers sectors, Richo claimed at his initiative, adding it intended to build barracks, school, cooperative etc. for labourers besides extending education and health sectors’ benefit.

When the Board is nnow collection more than Rs. 30 crore annually from 1% cess, it is distressing that the funds are totally misused, Richo alleged.

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