Sunday, September 21, 2014
NGOs' Association organises Evening Dharna at Tiranga Park
At the call of the Confederation of Central Govt. Employees & Workers, New Delhi, the Non-Gazetted Govt. Officers’ Association, Andaman and Nicobar Islands has organised an Evening Dharna at Tiranga Park, Aberdeen Bazar, Port Blair from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today (19th September, 2014). Inaugurating the Dharna, Shri B. Chandrachoodan, General Secretary, CITU, A & N State Committee said that the NDA government which came to power during May, 2014 is also following the same anti-working class policies which were followed by the UPA government. Addressing the gathering, Shri KG Das, former General Secretary of the Non-Gazetted Govt. Officers’ Association briefly explained the disastrous consequences of the wrong economic policies followed by the successive central government during the last more than two decades which, he said, has led to the widening of gap between the rich and the poor in the country. He called upon the government employees in the islands to remain united under the banner of the NGOs’ Association in order to fight against the anti-working class policies of the government and also to achieve their various demands.
Speaking on the occasion, Shri Hira Lal Prasad, Acting President of the Association emphasised the need to go for agitation in order to press the government to settle the demands. Addressing the Dharna, Shri D. Ayyappan, General Secretary of the Association criticised the government for not considering any of the major demands of the central government employees’ organisations. He said that Mass Dharna has been organised by the Association and Unions affiliated to the Confederation all over the country today. Shri TS Sreekumar, Asst. General Secretary addressing the gathering in the Dharna said that issues and demands of government employees working in various departments under the Andaman & Nicobar Administration are being neglected by the authorities in the Administration. Shri GP Mondal and Shri BN Mondal also addressed the participants in the Dharna.
The 12-point charter of demands are (1) Merger of DA with pay for all employees w.e.f. 01.01.2014 including Gramin Dak Sevaks and Pensioners (2) Grant of Interim Relief to all employees including Gramin Dak Sewaks and pensioners (3) Inclusion of Gramin Dak Sewaks under the purview of the 7th Central Pay Commission (4) Scrap PFRDA Act and grant statutory defined pension to all including those appointed on or after 01.01.2004 (5) Date of effect of 7th Central Pay Commission recommendations should be 01.01.2014 (6) Regularisation and Revision of wages of casual labourers and contract workers (7) Removal of 5% condition for compassionate appointment (8) Fill up all vacant post and creation of New Post wherever justified (9) stop downsizing, outsourcing, contractorisation and privatisation of government functions (10) Grant Productivity Linked Bonus to all without ceiling, compute bonus as weighted average of PLB for those not covered by PLB agreement (11) Revise OTA and Night Duty Allowance and implement arbitration awards and (12) Settle all pending anomalies of 5th and 6th Central Pay Commissions.