Munda opens Aranya Bhavan amid silent protest by casual workers

By our Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Feb 27: A section of people believes that silence speaks louder than words. Does this have any takers among the ministers in Assam?  A large number of casual workers of the State Forest Department staged a silent protest when State Forest Minister Etuawa Munda opened the newly-constructed Aranya Bhavan, headquarters of the State Forest Department, at Panjabari in Guwahati.

Forest workers under the banner of the Sadou Asom Ban Bibhag Casual Shramik Santha (SABBCSS) assembled in front of the building and registered their protest against the failure on the part of the department to pay them a ‘fixed salary’.  In a statement issued to the press today, the Santha said: “From 2008, as many as 1,514 casual workers have been getting fixed pay, but a large section of others don’t. This is an injustice meted out to us by the Department. They protested with empty plates and bowls in their hands.”

Later, the Santha submitted a memorandum to the minister demanding payment of fixed pay to the casual workers of the department who have been left out earlier.

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