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Justice for irrigation work-charge employees urged.
June 11, 2011 4:23:57 PM

PNS | Balangir

The Works and Irrigation Workers' Union has demanded pension scheme, retirement benefits for work-charge employees and their posting in vacant post besides regularisation of the services of the left-out NMR workers.

At a meeting held at the Lower Suktel Project office, the workers' union criticised the apathetic attitude of the project officials and the district administration towards the work-charge employees.

"While the work-charge workers are ready to work in the submerged areas of the Lower Suktel Irrigation Project, rather than giving them job and life security and speedily executing the project, the administration is looking the other way," said president of the Kosal Kranti Dal Pramod Mishra.

"Thanks to the apathy of the Government, the project cost has risen from `217 crore to `1,040 crore. Even though around ` 400 crore has been spent, the real work has not been started in the project areas and a lot of irregular activities have come to light in recent times," he alleged.

The other demands of the union include EPF schemes for the newly-recruited workers and filling up of vacant posts for Class-III and Class IV employees from among the work-charge employees.

Among others, Baniprasad Padhi, Prasanta Panigrahi, Rabishankar Mishra, Manoranjan Sahu and Bibhuti Bindhani addressed the meeting.

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