After positive assurance, relay hunger strike by MGNREGA workers likely to be called off

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KURMA RAO
Mayabunder
18 Feb 2019

The relay hunger strike called by the MGNREGA Employees Association is likely to be called off after the UT Administration assured fulfilment of their demands on Monday. As per reports, the administration urged the association to withdraw the protest assuring redressal of their demands within a stipulated period.
In a written assurance to the President of MGNREGA Employees Association, the Assistant Director of Rural Development said that the demand for enhancement of wages of MGNREGA is already under consideration. “The Finance Department has given concurrence to enhance the staff salary of MGNREGA staff and to meet the cost of salary from UT Budget subject to concurrence of the Ministry of Rural Development. The Rural Development Ministry recently concurred to the proposal and the file has been placed before the Lt. Governor for approval,” says the letter adding that the concerns will be settled within a short period.
Upset with administration’s apathy over timely redressal of demands, hundreds of employees working under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme in these islands, decided to stage relay hunger strike from Feb 18. Main among their demands include hike of salaries of Programme Officers to Rs 45,000/- per month, Rs 36,000/- for Assistant Engineers, Rs 27000 for Accountant, Rs 25000 for Data Entry Operators, Rs 25,000/- for Technical Assistant and Rs 25000 for Gram Rozgar Sewak plus 5 percent of annual increment, TA, DA and EPF as per rules.