Guwahati, Sept. 23: Employees of the Sports Authority of Assam (SAA) today threatened to go on a strike over a “controversial letter” on regularisation of their jobs.
The employees accused the Sports Authority of Assam Employees Association president, Rajani Kanta Kalita, of betraying them as he had, in the letter, listed his name along with another for regularisation of their jobs.
The association has 61 employees looking after five venues.
“Kalita is only thinking about himself. We have come to know that only two names were put forward for regularisation in the letter. He being the in-charge should have looked into everyone’s interests. But here the scenario is completely different,” said Jadu Ram Rajbonshi, the vice-president of the association.
Kalita, who currently holds the post of a junior engineer (electrical), as well as in-charge of SAA office and Sarusajai sports complex, put his name forward along with an office assistant for regularisation.
“We are all casual employees like the junior engineer who gets Rs 8,000. Most of the employees are working for a pay of just Rs 4,500 while some others are even working for Rs 2,500. Since 2003, none of the employees have been regularised,” said Hemanta Gogoi, the general secretary of the SAA Employees Association.
Kalita admitted to having drafted the letter, saying: “I had drafted the letter but did not forward it as I felt it was not right on my part”.
Rana Goswami, the vice-chairman of the association, has denied having asked anyone to draft such a letter.
“We will meet soon to discuss all matters,” Goswami said.