NREGS Workers Call Off Strike

The NREGS workers, who were on strike for the last 34 days affecting the Haritha Haaram programme, will resume their duties from Monday.

Published: 20th July 2015 07:40 AM  |   Last Updated: 20th July 2015 07:40 AM   |  A+A-

HYDERABAD: The NREGS workers, who have been on strike for the last 34 days affecting the Haritha Haaram programme, will resume their duties from Monday. 

In a statement, principal secretary (panchayat raj and rural development) Raymond Peter on Sunday said the workers had agreed to report to duties following an assurance from the government to resolve their grievances. A committee would be formed to look into their demands in six weeks, he added.

However, Telangana NREGS Workers’ Joint Action Committee termed it a ‘temporary call off’ and vowed to go on strike if the government does not resolve their issues within six weeks.

“The deadline is August-end. If the government does not resolve our issues by then, we will again launch our strike,” Telangana NREGS Workers’ JAC chairman JVS Parthasarathy said.

The 16,000 workers went on strike demanding pay hike, regularisation of services and distribution of health cards among others. Though the Haritha Haaram was kicked off in July, their absence from duties was ‘hardly felt’ as plantation could not be taken up as expected due to the sluggish monsoon, an official from the rural development department said.

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