MNREGA employees to stage two-day protest for wage revision from Apr 24

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KURMA RAO
Mayabunder
2 Apr 2018

The members of MNREGA Employees Association, Andaman and Nicobar Islands have decided to hold a two-day strike on the 24th and 25th of this month if the administration fails to fulfil their long pending demand of wage revision. Expressing anguish over the apathy of the administration, the Secretary of the association, in a letter to the Lt. Governor, with copies marked to other senior officials of the administration, stated that the members will be constrained to stage the protest if their demands are not met by the 23rd of this month.
Currently, staff engaged on contract basis as Programme Officer, Assistant Engineer, Accountant, Data Entry Operator, Gram Rozgar Sevak and Technical Assistant are being paid Rs 20,000, Rs 16,000, Rs 12,000, Rs 11,000, Rs 11,000 and Rs 11,000 respectively. “On the contrary, employees working for another Central Sponsored Scheme, National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), have been benefited from wage revision at regular intervals. Further, the wages paid to different categories of employees under MNREGA is much that than that given to unskilled and high-skilled daily rated workers under the UT Administration effective from 1st January 2018. We’ve already submitted our demands to the administration,” said the Secretary.
“MNREGA workers, despite being highly technical skilled workers, are still paid wages much less than daily rated workers. Even demands submitted by Unions representing the workers have not being considered till date. We expect salaries of Programme Officers to be revised from the existing to around Rs 45,000 per month, Rs 36,000 for Assistant Engineers, Rs 27,000 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,” he added.