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Centre urged to declare flood a national problem

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, May 31 � A five-member delegation of Regional Coordination Committee of Postal Employees Unions, Assam and North East Circle, under the banner of the National Federation of Postal Employees (NFPE), met Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi at the latter�s official residence here earlier this month and submitted a memorandum containing a charter of demands to be forwarded to the Prime Minister and the DoNER Minister.

In the memorandum, the postal employees called upon the Centre to declare flood and erosion problem of the North Eastern region as a national problem and ensure its control in a scientific manner.

It also called for extension of Broad Gauge connectivity to all state capitals of the North Eastern region on priority basis.

The postal employees has also demanded steps for industrialisation in the region to end inter-state economic disparity through enhanced public investment and for solving the unemployment problem in the North East through special recruitment drives.

The memorandum also sought Centre�s intervention to settle all inter-state border disputes amicably.

Among its other demands, the postal employees called for filling up of all vacant posts in Assam and North East circles through special drives, regularisation of all part-time and casual workers, expansion of postal communication network in the region by opening new post offices and setting up of five more L-1 parcel hubs at Tinsukia, Agartala, Silchar, Dimapur and Shillong.

The postal employees have also asked the Central government to construct additional staff quarters in the region, grant of winter allowance to employees working in the North East, grant of Disturbed Area Allowance to employees working in the hill areas of North East, and grant of double HRA to all Group B, C and D employees in respect of transfer within Assam and North East circles.

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