Port Blair, Jan 02: Andaman Sarvajanik Nirman Vibhag Mazdoor Sangh (ASNVMS) has organized a mass procession and public meeting at Wimberlygunj today (02.01.2018). The procession was taken out by the workers working under the Road Construction Division, APWD, Wimberlygunj from the Wimberlygunj ground and a round of the Bazar, culminated near the Wimberlygunj junction. The workers also staged a mass demonstration in front of the office of the Executive Engineer, RCD, APWD, Wimberlygunj. The workers were demanding immediate grant of 1/30th of pay plus DA benefits to all the DRMs and harassment of workers in the name of bio-metric attendance under which workers working in remote areas are forced to come to Wimberlygunj, Ferrargunj, etc. to put their bio-metric attendance in the morning and in the evening.
Addressing the public meeting, B. Chandrachoodan came down heavily on the authorities of APWD for not implementing the Administration’s order on 1/30th pay plus DA. He said that the Wimberlygunj Division of APWD is harassing the workers in one way or other. He said that the Administration is bent upon privatizing and outsourcing the entire government work in the islands one by one and called upon the working class and unemployed youths to resist the privatization and outsourcing unleashed by certain disgruntled elements.
Mr. SL Vinjit, Secretary, South Andaman Teachers’ Branch of Non-Gazetted Govt. Officers’ Association, and Mr. Abdul Salam, Secretary, Wildlife Employees Union also addressed the meeting. Mr. M. Boominathan, General Secretary, ASNVMS addressed the meeting.