Hyderabad, Feb.7 (NSS): Expressing concern over the State government’s apathy in redressing their long-pending grievances, the State Agricultural Co-operative Societies Employees’ Union served a strike revival notice on the State government stating that they might resume strike any time.
Speaking to the media here on Monday, the union general secretary, Mr T Gangaraju, said that the union met on February 6 and decided to resume strike. On February 14, the employees would stage dharnas in front of all DCCBs in the State. They would go in processions to the Collectorates and submit representations. The employees would hold dharnas in front of the APCOB office here on February 18 and from February 21, the union would begin its indefinite strike.
Mr Gangaraju said that they went on strike for 27 days from July 3 to August 27 in 2010 for achievement of their long pending grievances. However, they called off strike following a written assurance given by the then Co-operation Minister, Mr Ramreddy Venkat Reddy, that their problems would be solved within two months during their consultations with him on August 3, 2010. But, even after six months, their grievances were not addressed yet, he said, adding that the NABARD guidelines stood in the way of their receiving salaries as per the GO No. 151. He warned that they would revive their indefinite strike any time within 15 days.
Mr Gangaraju demanded that all vacancies in the DCCBs should be filled with the eligible candidates from co-operative societies and relaxation should be given to them in written examination and age limit, in view their training and experience. Alleging intentional discrimination by the NABARD in respect of co-operative societies, he demanded that two per cent working fund, which has been a major support for the APCOB and the DCCBs, should also made applicable to the co-operative societies.
He said that the DCCBs and the APCOB were earning huge profits because of the efforts of the co-operative societies. But the co-operative societies were mired in losses and were not in a position to pay salaries to the employees. Hence, he demanded that both the APCOB and the DCCBs should equally bear the salaries of the employees.
Referring to the R.C No. 4032/2010, dated July 17, 2010 by the Registrar of Co-operative Societies, he had assured to fill the quota from the DCCBs with the co-operative employees, he demanded its implementation. Stating that though the Vaidyanathan Committee package was being implemented in the neighbouring States and better salaries were being paid to them, he demanded payment of better salaries to the employees in the State.
The president, Mr MD Sardar, the treasurer, Mr K Koteshwar Rao, the vice general secretary, Mr P Satyanarayana and the presidents of several districts, Mr Hari Krishna, Mr Satyanarayana Raju and Mr Naga Bhushanam, were also present. (NSS)