Port Blair, Feb 09: The State President of BJP A&N Islands Mr. Vishal Jolly has written to the Lt. Governor A&N Islands with reference to APWD’s decision to benefit 1/30th of Pay plus DA to DRMs on dated 16th January 2018.
He said, DRM is one of the main sources of employment opportunity to A&N educated youth. During later 90’s, the DRMs were employed only for 6 months (180 days) in a year to avoid legal conspiracy on 240 days statutory in A&N Islands.
But now, after removing 240 days statutory, the DRMs are continuously employed without any break in the Departments. In the meeting, APWD has decided to prepare Division wise seniority list on the basis of continuity of service, completing 240 days in preceding 12 months.
The present calculation method has discrepancy; there is a chance for missing the 1/30th pay plus DA benefits to DRMs engaging continuously for past 15 years & above, who rendered their service to the departments during the tropical period of Tsunami Rehabilitation.
He requested for Justified Seniority List including Outsourcing DRMs engaged through Contractor as per the Mandays on a view to get benefit of 1/30th pay plus DA to the DRMs serving the department for a long period.