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Members of JAC organise mass dharna

Staff Reporter

VIJAYAWADA: Members of the Joint Action Committee of the Employees, Teachers and Workers' Union, on Tuesday, headed a "mass dharna'' by nearly 1,500-odd people representing 15 different organisations, in front of the sub-Collector's office to mount pressure on the Government for fulfillment of their long-pending demands.

Leaders of the Andhra Pradesh Non-Gazetted Officers' Association, Andhra Pradesh Class IV Employees Association, Andhra Pradesh Drivers' Association, six different associations of teachers, employees of the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation, the Library Association, NTR University of Health Sciences, the Panchayat Raj department and non-teaching staff of aided schools, joined the sit-in as part of the JAC decision to intensify the struggle against what it termed the "anti-worker'' policies. of the Government.

Seeking amendment to the Pay Revision Commission, the leaders alleged that it was against the interests of the workers.

Main demands

Their main demands include 30 per cent fitment benefit, abolition of contributory pension scheme, implementation of medical insurance scheme, re-introduction of medical invalidation scheme and steps to end contract system.

The State secretary of the JAC, G. Narayana Rao, criticised the inordinate delay in implementation of the promises made by the Congress before the elections. Mallikarjun Reddy from the teachers' association and Vijaya Kumari from the nurses' association were others who spoke.

The JAC leaders are scheduled to meet the high-power committee on Thursday.

"We intend to make known our strong reservations against the raw deal meted out to us to the members of the committee," said the president of the APNGOs' Association, P. Ashok Kumar.

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