MLAs raise support for engineers

Cutting across party lines, members in the Assembly on Tuesday urged the demands of around 8,500 diploma engineers, who had threatened to go on mass leave from September 18.

By OUR CORRESPONDENT
  • Published 12.09.18
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BJD MLA Mahesh Sahoo. Telegraph picture

Bhubaneswar: Cutting across party lines, members in the Assembly on Tuesday urged the demands of around 8,500 diploma engineers, who had threatened to go on mass leave from September 18.

Sensing the mood of the House, Speaker Pradip Kumar Amat directed the state government to take note of the matter.

Raising the issue, BJD MLA Mahesh Sahoo said the state was going to face a difficult situation from the coming week as the 8,500-odd diploma engineers working under the various departments responsible for carrying out projects had threatened to launch a cease work agitation.

Stating that the general election was likely to be announced at any moment, Sahoo said the code of conduct would be enforced as a result, putting a spanner on the government's projects.

The diploma engineers' strike would, therefore, hit the projects in the state badly, he said.

The ruling party MLA urged the state government to consider the demands of the diploma engineers before they decided to go on the strike. The cabinet decision for their cadre restructuring should be implemented forthwith, he demanded.

Supporting Sahoo, Congress chief whip Tara Prasad Bahinipati rued that the government had turned "deaf" to the voice of the people.

"It's unfortunate that the cabinet decision is not being carried out after six months," he said.

BJP legislators Pradip Purohit and Rabi Narayan Naik expressed their displeasure over the government's apathetic attitude.

BJD MLA Jiban Pradip Dash said the development works would come to a standstill if the diploma engineers went on a mass leave.

Several other MLAs, including Samir Ranjan Dash and Ramesh Chandra Chyau Patnaik of the BJD and BJP Legislature party leader K.V. Singh Deo said the demands of the diploma engineers should be fulfilled immediately as they played a pivotal role in the development of the state and without them, the development works could not be possible.