Port Blair, Nov 23: Andaman Sarvajanik Nirman Vibhag Mazdoor Sangh (CITU) has organized a Mass Demonstration in front of the offices of APWD throughout the islands today (23.11.2016) demanding among other things (1) implementation of Govt. of India’s order on 1/30th of pay scheme for Daily Rated Mazdoors of APWD. At Port Blair, the mass demonstration was organized in front of the Chief Engineer’s office at 3.30 p.m. After the demonstration, the workers took out a procession which, after making a round of the town, culminated at Tiranga Park, Abderdeen Bazar. Several hundreds of daily rated workers of APWD participated in the mass demonstration and procession which was led by B. Chandrachoodan, President and A. Boominathan, General Secretary of the Union. Addressing the gathering both at the CE’s office gate and at Tiranga Park, B. Chandrachoodan, President of the Union briefly explained the demand of the Union for implementation of the 1/30th of pay plus DA scheme of the Govt. of India and said that daily rated mazdoors are facing untold suffering during these hard days of price rise to pull on the days with the meager income they are getting.
At Diglipur, mass demonstration was held in front of the office of the Executive Engineer, APWD in which a large number of daily rated workers participated. After the demonstration, workers took out a procession in the Diglipur Bazar which was led by Shri Madan Mohan Das, Secretary, CITU Diglipur Zonal Committee. At Rangat, mass demonstration was organized in front of the office of the Executive Engineer, APWD which was led by Karuppiah, Secretary, and ASNVMS Rangat Branch.
At Kadamtala, the mass demonstration was held in front of the office of the Assistant Engineer, APWD, and Kadamtala. A large number of APWD daily rated workers participated in the mass demonstration. Smt Shipra Bala led the programme. At Baratang, the mass demonstration was organized in front of the office of the Asst. Engineer at Oralkatcha in which daily mazoors of APWD in large number participated.
At Little Andaman, the mass demonstration was held in front of the office of the Executive Engineer at Hut Bay. The mass demonstration was followed by a procession by workers at the Hut Bay bazaar. Rajesh, Vice President, ASNVMS, Little Andaman Branch led the programme.
At Car Nicobar, the mass demonstration was held in front of the APWD office in which a large number of daily rated mazdoors, mostly Nicobari tribals, participated.