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Association wants services of gram panchayat library supervisors to be confirmed

General Secretary of THE Karnataka Grama Panchayat Library Supervisors Association M. Shivanand addressing the State-level annual meeting of the association in Shimoga on Monday.
General Secretary of THE Karnataka Grama Panchayat Library Supervisors Association M. Shivanand addressing the State-level annual meeting of the association in Shimoga on Monday.

General Secretary of Karnataka Grama Panchayat Library Supervisors Association M. Shivanand has demanded the Government to regularise the service of the supervisors working in the libraries managed by gram panchayats (GPs).

Mr. Shivanand was inaugurating the State-level annual meeting of the association held in Kuvempu Rangamandir here on Monday.

Mr. Shivanand said that 5,766 people had been working as supervisors in libraries managed by gram panchayats in the State at present. A paltry amount of Rs. 2,500 is paid for them monthly as honorarium. As the prices of essential commodities were moving skywards, the supervisors were finding it difficult to meet the daily expenses, he said.

He demanded that the Government pay basic wage as per the law for the supervisors. The court had instructed the Government to pay the basic wage. The post of supervisors were filled on the basis of merit and reservation. He pressed the Government to regularise the service of the supervisors at the earliest.

A delegation comprising members of the association has met Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda recently, and has apprised him of the problems faced by supervisors.

The Chief Minister was urged to extend social security benefits for the supervisors. He promised to address the problems faced by supervisors, he said.

Association president Nagabhushan, functionaries Basavarajaiah, Harish, and Chandrashekhar H.L. were present.

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