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Sharmili Mallick

Braving the winter chills as the mercury continued to dip in the Capital City, over 500 members of All Odisha Graduate Contractual ICDS Supervisors’ Association spent the night on the streets s at Lower PMG in Bhubaneswar on Tuesday.

Demanding the regularisation of jobs and hike in their salaries and allowances, the agitating women members of the contractual ICDS (Integrated Child & Development Services) Supervisor body have been on dharna since Sunday. The women were engaged as supervisors by the ICDS. 

“We want a permanent job which is our first and foremost demand. We have been working for 20 years but the government is yet to regularise our jobs. We were engaged in the year 2009-2010. Those who joined work in 2008 and 2013 have been appointed as permanent employees,” said a protesting member of the body.

“We even received a promotion but that was given to us under contractual service. We thought that after serving for at least six years, our jobs will be regularised. The concerned authorities told us that we have signed an undertaking where we agreed that we will be working as a temporary employee until retirement. But this is not correct, we have been famed. Despite repeated appeals, the government did not take any step to resolve our issue and therefore, we have launched the agitation. We will not buzz off until our demands are fulfilled,” said another agitating woman.

The association has also threatened to launch an indefinite strike if their demands are not heard at the earliest.

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