ANDHRA PRADESH

Panchayat raj workers call on YSR

CUDDAPAH, JUNE 1. The A.P. Panchayat Workers' Union leaders called on the Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, and urged him to regularise services of thousands of panchayat workers, who were working with nominal pay as part-time, NMR and fixed pay workers.

In a statement, the union's district president, S. Siddhiramaiah, and the general secretary, K. Kondaiah, lamented that a G.O. issued in 1994 to regularise the services of panchayat workers was yet to be implemented, although the seniority lists were forwarded to the Government. They alleged that workers of other departments were being posted in regular posts of sweeper and other categories.

They sought payment of salaries and arrears through the treasury and lifting of the stipulation that only 30 per cent of the panchayat revenue should be used towards salaries.

The panchayat workers must be supplied uniform, slippers, coconut oil and soaps on a monthly basis, they said. The Chief Minister promised to resolve the pending issues in a phased manner and implement minimum wages to workers, they stated.