Commissioner holds discussions with agitating leaders

Sanitation workers of GVMC on Wednesday called off their strike following an assurance given by Municipal Commissioner B. Ramanjaneyulu regarding implementation of minimum wage to various sanitation workers and water supply and electrical workers.

According to GVMC Employees' Union, during discussions with the leaders of the striking workers the Commssioner also assured that option would be given for night sanitation, half-an-hour grace period for attendance at 5 a.m. and payment of salaries on the 5th of every month.

The Commissioner held discussions with union honorary president G. Subba Rao, general secretary P. Venkat Reddy and CITU general secretary M. Jaggu Naidu after a dharna by them. He later addressed the workers. Chief Medical Officer (Health) D. Abbulu and Additional Commissioner S. Krishna Murthy were present.

An official release said the Commissioner made it clear to the leaders that wages was not the crux of the problem..

Pinpoint programme

He said benamis would be weeded out by September 1 and, if required more workers would be taken on rolls. Pinpoint programme would be carried out and it was leading to finding that there were several benamis. The strike in rainy season without notice would be viewed seriously. There was confusion about what was happening to about Rs.1 crore of PF and ESI amounts.

Appointing 72 contractors in the wards would make passing of bills easy compared to 500 files relating to workers of residents' welfare associations, the Commissioner said.

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