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Kalakshetra staff withdraw strike

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, July 24 - The 100-hour hunger strike called by the Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra Karmachari Santha from July 28 demanding job regularisation and promotions, has been withdrawn in view of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal�s assurance to address their grievances within a month.

The agitating employees, who are on a protest demonstration since July 22, met the Chief Minister yesterday and decided to give the new government some time to look into their grievances.

The employees� union represents 16 regular and 88 casual employees of the Kalakshetra. The ongoing strike was also withdrawn by the employees after the meeting.

�Regularisation of services for employees working since 1999 and giving due promotions to the permanent employees have been our long-pending demands. Further, to keep the process of promotion smooth in future, we want an annual fund allocation of Rs 2 crore. Moreover, a corpus fund of the Kalakshetra must be created with a onetime financial aid of Rs 15 crore,� said Ramen Haloi, general secretary of the Santha.

�We hope that the Chief Minister will fulfil his promise so that the union need not resume its protest activity, which is equally unfortunate for the employees as well visitors to the Kalakshetra,� he added.

The employees have also urged the State government to release the provident fund sum pending since 2011, and an assurance from the State government that the land or infrastructure of Kalakshetra would not be allotted to any other organisation or institution.

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