22nd Sep 2023 10:09:PM State
Eastern Sentinel Arunachal News

ES Reporter 

ITANAGAR, Sep 22: The Arunachal Pradesh Trade Union Federation (APTUF) has demanded the immediate removal of Arunachal Pradesh Energy Development Agency (APEDA) Chairperson, Mopi Mihu from his post, alleging him for terminating 47 contingency workers.
The other demands include an enhancement of wages of the contingency and casual workers, and an enhancement of grade pay of WC workers, including WC Computer operators. Creation of one one-time WC post in the Engineering department, exclusion of MTS post from APSSB, and regularization of contingency and casual workers who have completed 15 years above service, etc.      
Failing to address the demands, APTUF has threatened to launch a series of democratic movements from September 26 next in the state.  
Changma Tajo, the chairman of APTUF, said that the federation has made a series of attempts to meet the chairman to discuss the matter but he (Mihu) never turned up at his office till date. Moreover, the APTUF has also submitted numerous memorandums regarding the matter which hasn't been responded to by the chairman.
Tajo, said that this clearly indicates the adamant nature of the chairman to address or even listen to the grievances of the labour community. The 47 terminated labourers are facing huge problems in sustaining their lives. They have families to feed and this should be understood by the chairman, he said.
“We appeal to Chief Minister Pema Khandu to replace the present APEDA Chairman or immediately recall the termination letter issued to the 47 labourers. Failing to address the demands, the federation will initiate a series of democratic movements in the state in days to come,” he said while addressing the media at the press club here on Friday.
Tajo also questioned the statement issued by the APEDA Chairman to the terminated labourers to seek legal recourse against the termination.       
Further, Tajo also appealed to the state government to appoint elected workers, union leaders or non-trade union leaders as the chairman of APB&OCWWB and not to select any legislator or Non-Trade union leader.  
“Similarly, we also demand the implementation of statutory benefits for the registered workers of the APB&OCWWB,” he added.   
The federation, as a mark of protest, in the first phase will hold a peaceful dharna on September 26 next. During the second phase, it will organize a rally cum dharna on October 4. Simultaneously, until the demands are fulfilled, APTUF will launch tool/pen down and mass casual leave in the entire state.

Kenter Joya Riba

(Managing Editor)
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