Staff Reporter

VISAKHAPATNAM: The Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh has opposed the move for disinvestment of 25 per cent equity in Visakhaptnam Steel Plant and wanted the proposal to be dropped. The BMS also accused the Union Government of pushing the plant into a difficult situation by not allocating captive mines for its ore requirement.

The district conference held here on Tuesday deplored the Union Government not granting interim relief for employees pending the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Revision Commission. Not sanctioning interim relief has been causing hardship to employees in facing a steep rise in prices.

It wanted Rs.1200 to be sanctioned as IR and finalising the recommendations of the commission.

BHEL merger

According to BMS district president K. Bhavani Sankarudu, the conference resolved the finalisation of a package for the revival of Hindusthan Shipyard duly restructuring it and handing it over to the Defence Ministry. Besides, the merger of BHPV in BHEL should be completed at the earliest.

The meeting expressed concern over the services of shift operators working for the last few years in the 33/11 kv sub-stations of Eastern Power Distribution Company Limited not being regularised.

The employees were not getting minimum wages, holidays or other statutory benefits, the conference pointed out.

Though the work came under core activity, contract workers were being employed. Some of them are also being used as meter-readers.

The meeting demanded that farmers and others facing displacement and losing livelihood owing to the expansion of NTPC and the steel plant, the Pharma City, Apparel Park, Gangavaram Port, Brandix apparel unit and BARK unit should be rehabilitated. They should be given training and provided employment in the respective projects.

The conference also demanded that security be provided by legislation to workers in the unorganised sector by giving them benefits like insurance, Provident Fund, Pension, ESI and gratuity. It also wanted steps to bring down prices.