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Enveloped in red: Festoons put up to mark the CITU’s 11th State conference to be held in Nalgonda from Thursday.
Enveloped in red: Festoons put up to mark the CITU’s 11th State conference to be held in Nalgonda from Thursday.

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Huge rally will be organised on the occasion

Kerala Chief Minister to address public meeting

Meet to chalk out plan for the welfare of workers

NALGONDA: At a time when the contract workers are playing a pivotal role in running the show in public sector, the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) is all set to organise its 11th triennial State conference in this historic town from Thursday to Sunday. “The number of contract workers in the administration is increasing every year but they are deprived of a fair deal,” observed the CITU State president R. Sudha Bhaskar here on Wednesday. Besides 6.5 lakh Government employees, five lakh contract workers are serving in the State, he said.

“Contract workers are not being paid minimum wages. The Government brought out the GO no.2501 to improve the living standards of the workers but it is not being implemented effectively,” Mr.Sudha Bhaskar rued.

Demands

Amid the contract labour force’s vociferous demand for a better deal in all fronts, the Kerala Chief Minister V. Achyutanandan is going to set the stage for the crucial deliberations of the State conference. He would address a public meeting at the NG College grounds in the evening of the opening day. A massive rally with the working class from the Government Junior College to the venue would be organised to mark the occasion.

The CITU national general secretary Mohammad Ameen, MP, would be one of the speakers, according to its district unit general secretary Tummala Veera Reddy. The West Bengal’s Minister for Labour of West Bengal Mrinal Benarjee would also address the 700-odd delegates.

“We are going to review the struggles we took up for the welfare of the work force and chalk out a plan for the coming days,” Mr.Veera Reddy told The Hindu.

The focal point of the Telangana peasants’ armed struggle, Nalgonda plays a perfect host for the all important conference being held before the general elections, the organisers feel. “We are going to focus on the problems confronted by scores of workers in the unorganized sector,” the leaders said. Alleged imbalances in the Sixth Pay Commission recommendations, heavy workload and paltry payment for contingency employees, Anganwadi workers and others would be discussed.


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