TEZPUR, April 18 - The Border Roads Organisation labourers� union has expressed it strong resentment over alleged discrimination in executing construction works in various fields under the Central government agency.
In a press meet held here today at the office of the Sonitpur Press Club, President of the labourers� organisation, Leki Tsering stated that the Union, headquartered at Basantipur here (with the registration under Trade Union Vide No. 2453 dated February 27, 2012) has been raising its voice for the cause of the labourers, serving under the BRO over the years.
Alleging severe discrimination by the BRO, Leki stated in his address that it has been noticed that 97 Road Construction Company (RCC) involved in executing the works of Border Roads Organisation has been violating its constitution. �It is seen that the works like BT and construction of culvert/wall and drains are done through contractors. Due to this system, it is found that rotation system of workers has been introduced, that is, the workers under mates/supervisors are engaged on a weekly basis, which is quite unlawful. So we strongly condemn and protest this illegal practice of execution of work and demand immediate cancellation of works allowed to the contractors and implementation of works, if any type of contract agreement is done for the welfare of the organisation and for the poor workers as well,� Leki said.
He added that the 97 RCC is already having a bad reputation for inferior quality of works. And such a practice of execution of works through contractors by engaging poor workers on a weekly system has already created problems.
He also said that for this reason, the Union has demanded the authority concerned to immediately stop the execution of works through contractors and engage all the workers immediately. Otherwise, the Union will be bound to go for a democratic movement against the alleged violation of constitution of the Border Roads Organisation.
�In addition to this we are having lots of issues which need immediate redressal,� he maintained and added that the Union will observe the May day, christening it as �Mazdoor Diwas� at Kalaktang under West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh. And even after this, if their problems were not addressed in an adequate manner, the Union will launch a vigorous movement against the Central government-run construction agency.