Tezpur, Dec. 26: The Vartak Labour Union, Tezpur, has expressed its dissatisfaction over the non-regularisation of the temporary posts under Project Vartak of the Border Roads Organisation (BRO).
In a statement, the president of Vartak Labour Union, Tezpur (North Eastern Region), Khiti Kanta Nath, said altogether 350 members of the union working as casual labourers under the project were yet to be regularised according to the Border Roads Regulation.
Nath said in the statement that Project Vartak, North East Zone, since its inception in 1962, had been engaging temporary labourers to expedite various work, including construction of roads, buildings and different technical jobs in the region under the project who were later regularised.
However, the 350 members of the Vartak Labour Union are allegedly deprived of the benefits.
To address the issues, Vartak labourers formed the union affiliated to Intuc in 1984.
Since then, the union has been fighting for the members’ rights, including regularisation of their temporary posts.
However, even after the repeated pleas to the BRO authorities, no action was taken till date because of their lackadaisical attitude.
Nath said, “The muster roll casual workers under Project Vartak have been struggling since 1985 for our rights. The intention of Vartak (BRO) authority is to remove all of us from the muster roll. We had appealed to Gauhati High Court to ensure re-joining of our workers in the existing muster roll and not to transfer them to another muster roll.”
“Even after adopting all the necessary measures, we have achieved nothing,” he added.
The Vartak Labour Union members held a protest rally in Tezpur town against the alleged lackadaisical attitude of the Vartak (BRO) authority recently and demanded redress of their grievances.