Port Blair, Nov. 24: A Delegation of Andaman Nicobar Rajya Karmachari Mahasangh (ANRKM) met the Hon’ble Minister of Ports, Shipping & Waterways and AYUSH Shri. Sarbananda Sonowal to press the demand of absorption of Contractual employees of Andaman Lakshadweep Harbour Works working since 1989 in the establishment through the labour supply of Contractor.

The matter was already presented before the Parliamentary Standing Committee and requested to take a lenient decision on the report. It was also informed that the contract labours were carrying out regular and perennial nature of works, which is required continuously.

The delegation further informed that the matter can be sorted out under the provisions of Contract Labour (Regulation & Abolition) Act 1970 in the larger interest of the working class. The Minister given a patient hearing and expressed that a positive step will be initiated on the issue and will respond to it after consultation with the officials at New Delhi. He assured that the interest of working class will be saved to strengthen the ALHW.