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Row over balwadi, health workers issue

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CPI, CPI(M) differ with Congress on re-instatement



HEATED DEBATE: Mayor T. Sakuntala having tea at the general body meeting in Vijayawada on Friday. Photo: Ch. Vijaya Bhaskar.

VIJAYAWADA: Despite pressure from its Left allies, the Congress did not yield ground to the demand to alter a resolution proposed to `do justice' to the sacked balwadi and temporary health workers at the general body meeting of the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) held on Friday.

The subject was debated for 90 minutes at the meeting. The issue listed as the 82nd item on the agenda came up for discussion on the second day. Chinks showed up in the Congress-Left alliance's armour when the Communist Party of India (Marxist) staged a walkout in connection with the implementation of a G.O. on wages for skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled workers.

Congress members refused to budge on the issue of asking the State Government to re-instate balwadi and health workers who were removed from service when Praveen Prakash was the municipal commissioner.

Draft resolution

The draft resolution said that the issue of reinstatement of these workers was already pending with the Government and that it should "look into the matter immediately and do justice."

Both CPI (M) and CPI took objection to the draft and demanded an amendment. They wanted a resolution asking the Government to re-instate all the 420 workers who were removed from service.

CPI floor leader P.Gowtham Reddy and CPI (M) member D. Kasinath said that gross injustice was done to the retrenched workers and it would be fair to reinstate them in their old jobs.

Congress corporators objected to the workers being reinstated unconditionally. Senior corporators -- Sistla Ramalingamurthy and Samanthapudi Narasaraju -- said that it was not proper to reinstate the workers without exploring the financial commitment involved.

Independents' support

Mr. Narasaraju argued with Mayor Tadi Sakuntala saying: "Will you hire 10 people at home, even if you do not need them?" There was a need for the municipal corporation to get it priorities right, he said. The retrenched workers could be absorbed into the corporation when needed, but priority should be given to providing basic amenities to genuine taxpayers. The Congress reportedly garnered the support of the three independent candidates in case the matter was put to vote.

The CPI and the CPI (M), however, dropped their efforts when the Congress refused to budge.

There was a heated debate about the non-implementation of an amendment to the Andhra Pradesh Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition) Rules, which enhanced wages to workers of different categories. The CPI (M) members of the body walked out when the Congress refused to amend the draft resolution asking for a clarification on the amendment. The demand for a resolution seeking the implementation of the amendment was shot down on the grounds that it was out of the general body's purview. The CPI (M) members said they were walking out in protest against the "attitude of the Congress".

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