Non-gazetted civilian employees at the Indian Naval Academy (INA) at Ezhimala here have given vent to their woes over the absence of basic facilities, including a canteen, by abstaining from this year’s Onam celebration in the academy.
The non-gazetted civilian employees, including the members of the INA unit of the Southern Naval Command Civilian Employees’ Association affiliated to the All India Defence Employees’ Federation, abstained from the celebration on September 11.
The annual Onam celebration is an event in which both civilian staff and service personnel participated. The association sources said that 90 per cent of the civilian staff stayed away from the celebration at the academy on Wednesday in a bid to air their grievances.
One of their major demands was that a departmental canteen facility for civilian employees be set at the INA. The civilian employees have been airing their demand for facilities which their counterparts in other government-run academies are being provided. The academy has 460 civilian staff in addition to Naval officers and personnel.
“We want a departmental canteen for the civilian employees and the proposal for the canteen was sanctioned in September last year,” said V. Raveendranath, secretary of the association. There was dissatisfaction among the civilian staff, he said.