'Nemmadi' workers seek respite; want demands fulfilled

Permanent job, equal pay, quashing PPP aired at state-level meet

eves power: Women workers of Nemmadi Kendra participate in a jatha taken out as part of State-level convention in Mysore on Sunday. dh photoRegularisation of job, equal pay for equal work, revoking public private partnership and also quashing outsourcing of man power.

These were the demands put forth by the employees of Nemmadi Kendra at the first state-level convention in the city on Sunday.

The convention organised at B V Karanth Rangamantapa on the premises of Dasara Exhibition Grounds was attended by the workers of the Kendra in large numbers from different parts of the state.

K S Sharma, a known name fighting for the cause of daily wagers in the government sector, was in the lead of the meet. He vociferously demanded for nationalisation of all the Kendras and repaying the amount deducted by the contractors in the name of provident fund for the employees.

The workers who were also not behind in posting their grievances said they still have to be content for a meagre honorarium of Rs 2,670  per month when the prices of essential commodities have reached a peak. It’s difficult to eke out a living. They demanded revision in the honorarium in the range of Rs 7,000 to Rs 8,000.

They also wanted the government to interfere in making contractors deposit the PF amount to the tune of Rs 15 crore collected from the workers to their bank accounts.

Earlier a jatha was taken out from the office of deputy commissioner which passed through JLB road, Ramaswamy circle, Chamaraja double road, Basaveshwara  Circle before culminating at the exhibition grounds.

About 1,500 workers from 800 hoblis and 177 taluks from Bidar, Gulbarga, Raichur, Bellary, Mangalore, Bangalore, South Canara participated in the meet.

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