Contract workers, govt staff march to Raj Bhavan

  • | Tuesday | 5th December, 2023

Ranchi: Thousands of sahayikas, jal sahiyas, aganwadi sevikas, revenue sub-inspector, health workers and other non-gazetted and contractual employees of the state government demonstrated in front of the Raj Bhavan to press for their 11-point charter of demands on Monday.The demands included minimum grade pay of Rs 2,400 for all third-grade employees, promotion of fourth-grade employees to fill up at least 50% of the vacancies in third-grade posts, inclusion of the Rims staff under the old pension scheme, declaration of the aganwadi sevikas as third-grade employees and the sahayikas as fourth-grade employees, cancelling the order that withdrew the honorarium of jal sahiyas, raising the retirement age of the state employees to 65 years, and respectable pay to the sahiyas, paramedical staff and other employees of the health department.The protest was staged under the banner of the Jharkhand Rajya Arajpatrit Karamchari Mahasangh (JRAKM). The protesters gathered at the Morabadi ground and marched towards the Raj Bhavan.JRAKM state president Manoj Kumar Sinha said, The patience of the employees is wearing out. The government should immediately take steps to address our demands.The organisations general secretary, Asok Kumar Singh, said, The government officers are insensitive to our demands. If the government does not respond to our demands, then organising strikes would be the only option.The vice-president of the group, Pinki Vishwakarma, said if the state government fails to fulfil their demands, it has to face consequences in the next elections.The protesters also submitted a memorandum of their demands at the CMs office.We also published the following articles recentlyUtkal University gets NAAC A+ grade backUtkal University in Bhubaneswar has been awarded an A+ grade by the NAAC in its third cycle of assessment with a CGPA of 3.26. The university had applied for reassessment after receiving an A grade with a CGPA of 3.16 earlier this year. The reassessment resulted in the retention of the A+ grade. The NAAC peer team visited the campus from September 26 to 28 and evaluated various aspects, including curricular aspects, teaching learning and evaluation, research, infrastructure, student support, governance, and institutional values. Utkal Universitys A+ grade will enable it to secure funding from the RUSA and World Bank projects. Recently, Ravenshaw University in Cuttack became the first state public university in Odisha to receive an A++ grade from the NAAC.Students stage protest, demand better facilitiesStudents of DSMNRU intensified their protest before the arrival of CM Yogi Adityanath. The students demanded fulfilment of their 14 pending demands, including clean drinking water and improved food quality in the hostel. They also sought action against law students who allegedly assaulted a visually impaired girl. The students gathered at the main gate when they learned that the CM would attend the Disabled Day event. Police used mild force to maintain security. After the event, state minister Narendra Kashyap and other officials assured the students that their demands would be addressed.Amazon wants offices to use its palm-scanning technology for employeesAmazon is expanding its palm-scanning technology, Amazon One, from grocery stores to offices. The contactless system allows employees to enter offices and access sensitive data by swiping their hand. The technology replaces traditional security measures like key cards and passwords. Amazon One uses infrared light to recognize the unique lines, grooves, and ridges on a persons palm, creating a palm signature that is connected to their credit card or Amazon account. The service has generated interest from organizations such as IHG Hotels and Resorts, Boon Edam, and Kone. Amazon assures that customer privacy is protected, as the system cannot accurately perceive gender or skin tone and does not use palm information for identification purposes.

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