AAPWU alleges agreement violation

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Itanagar, Oct 4: The All Arunachal Pradesh Workers Union (AAPWU) has alleged that the state government's announcement on September 20 to withdraw muster roll proposal and make ''Golden handshake'' policy voluntary was being violated by the enginners.

Expressing resentment at such ''violations'' in various districts, the AAPWU on Oct 3 threatened to launch agitation if the forceful termination of labourers was not stopped immediately.

The engineers at Liromoba, Yomcha, Mahadevpur, Tezu, Namsai and Chowkham had been distributing the one-time financial packages to labourers in the absence of the respective Additional Deputy Commissioners (ADCs), the union said in a communique.

The AAPWU alleged that the Yomcha PWD division executive engineer had taken a public interpreter's signature on the disbursement form instead of the ADC's, in violation of the codal formalities between the AAPWU and the state government.

The union further alleged that at the Namsai PWD division, the board members of Lohit district had called the district unit union leaders and other members without consulting the labourers and the block leaders of Namsai, Mahadevpur, Chowkham and Wakro AAPWU had put their signatures in advance, while according to the rules, labourers and board members were to sign the form in each other's presence before the disbursement of financial benefits.

While the Basar PWD engineer was forcefully terminating the labourers working since 1995, the Rungong PWD division engineer was still implementing muster roll, it alleged.

''If the disbursement of financial package is implemented without following the norms, we would launch the strike which was earlier called off,'' the union cautioned.


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