Guwahati, Oct. 25: The Sports Authority of Assam Employees Association today called off its agitation after vice-chairman Rana Goswami assured the employees that he would take up their job regularisation issue in a meeting of the newly-constituted committee on November 5.
Demanding regularisation of jobs and increase in salary structure, the employees resumed their agitation with an indefinite strike on Wednesday. Although the strike has been withdrawn, uncertainty prevails among the employees and management of SAA.
“We have withdrawn the strike till the committee meeting scheduled for November 5. We will agitate again if our demands are not met. The vice-chairman has assured us and said he will step down from his post if he can’t fulfil our demands,” said Jaduram Rajbongshi, the president of the employees’ association.
The association had earlier suspended its agitation for nearly a month following assurance that their issue would be taken up in the SAA governing body meeting in September.
The meeting, however, constituted a committee, comprising ministers Rakibul Hussain and Ajit Singh, apart from other officials, to look into the matter
With the much-hyped IMG-Reliance Football League just around the corner, the turmoil within the is an impediment in the preparation, although officials concerned preferred to downplay the fact.
IMG-Reliance has last week signed a memorandum of understanding with the SAA for the Indira Gandhi Athletics Stadium as one of the eight venues and named Guwahati as one of the franchise teams in its much-hyped league scheduled tentatively for January to March next year.
Assam Football Association secretary Ankur Dutta dismissed any chance of the strike hampering preparation. However, some employees, who were on strike, said the agitation would have “definitely taken its toll” on the preparation.