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Vartak union seeks regular jobs

Tezpur, Feb. 20: The Vartak Labour Union, Tezpur, today threatened an agitation against the Border Roads Organisation for its alleged apathy to regularise labourers working under Project Vartak.

Expressing dissatisfaction over their alleged discrimination, the unionís leaders said the project, which was launched in the Northeast in 1962 during the Chinese aggression, has been engaging temporary labourers to expedite various projects, including construction of roads, buildings and other technical jobs in the region.

These temporary labourers are supposed to be regularised under the Border Roads Regulation Act but this has not been done because of the BROís allegedly lackaidaisical attitude.

To address their grievances, Vartak labourers had formed an Intuc-affiliated union in 1984. Since then, the union, which has about 350 members, has been fighting for their rights, including regularisation of temporary posts.

The unionís spokesperson, Pranab Borthakur, alleged that these labourers were deprived of their dues and their families were leading miserable lives.

He said repeated requests to the government, including President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, to intervene on their behalf had fallen on deaf ears.

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