Port Blair, Jan 23: A delegation of Andaman Nicobar Rajya Karmachari Mahasangh alongwith representative of APWD Karmachari Sangh met the Secretary, APWD for submission of grievances of APWD Casual employees (DRM).

The grievances and demands placed before the Secretary includes:

Inclusion in Social Security i.e. Employees Provident Fund: All left out employees to be included under the ambit of EPF.

Strict Implementation of Wages as per the clause vi) and vii) of OM No. 49014/2/86 Estt (C) dt. 07.06.1988 which is reproduced below:

The casual workers may be given one paid weekly off after six days of continuous work.

The payment to the casual workers may be restricted only to the days on which they actually perform duty under the Government with a paid weekly off. They will, however, in addition, be paid for a National Holiday, if it falls on a working day for the casual workers.

Grant of Adhoc Bonus: The department has released Bonus to the regular employees but the casual employees were denied in APWD department whereas the Secretariat establishment has released Adhoc Bonus to 76 DRMs and 27 Contract employees.

The Secretary (APWD) Shri Kishore Lakshman Kshirsagar after giving a patient hearing assured to look into the matter for early resolving.