Representatives of ‘Bharatiya Khadya Nigam Karmachari Sangh stage dharna
BERHAMPUR: The workers of the Food Corporation of India (FCI) in the State are opposed to the leasing of the godowns of the corporation to the State government.
It was the major issue during the protest demonstration taken up by the representatives of these workers in the city on Thursday. Members of the ‘Bharatiya Khadya Nigam Karmachari Sangh (BKNKS)' sat on dharna from dawn to dusk in front of the office of the Food Corporation of India (FCI) for charter of 16 longstanding demands.
The agitators were led by the national leader of the union, H.M.Faizullah, State president of the union, Siba Prasad Mohapatra. Mr. Mohapatra said recently the FCI top brass has decided to lease out the large godowns of the corporation in Bhubaneswar, Paralakhemundi and Rourkela to the State government. The workers of the corporation were of the opinion that these properties of the Central government should remain under the corporation. They wanted no district level FCI office to be closed in the country.
The agitating employees of the FCI alleged that vacancies in this public sector corporation had increased many folds and they were not being filled up.
They also wanted revision of pay scale of Class III and Class IV employees, which has not been done since 2007. They wanted the authorities to pay up the hiked bonus fixed at Rs. 10,000 to the employees as early as possible.
The employees alleged that they were being harassed for the losses during storage and transit of food grains as well losses caused by natural calamities.
They wanted scientific study and enhancement of loss amount during transit and storage of food grains. They wanted the field staff of the corporation not be blamed for these losses. They demanded the FCI to start employing next of kin of employees who die while in job. It was also alleged that the FCI authorities were intentionally harassing the activists of the union.