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Rift surfaces within agitating LAMPS, PACS workers

Bhubaneswar: In what could be a major blow to the cause of agitating workers of Large Area Multi-Purpose Cooperative Societies (LAMPS) and Primary Agriculture Cooperative Societies (PACS), rift surfaced between the members following conflicting statements from the office bearers of the forum leading the agitation.

The LAMPS and PACS workers who have been agitating under the aegis of Odisha Samabaya Karmachari Samnya Samiti and Samabaya Samiti Karmachari Milita Mancha met Odisha Food Supplies and Cooperation Minister Surya Narayan Patro today to discuss their demands.

Soon after the meeting Advisor of Samabaya Samiti Karmachari Milita Mancha, Matru Prasad Mishra called off the strike. However, Odisha Samabaya Karmachari Samnya Samiti’s President, Ghanashyma Jena later informed that the strike has not been withdrawn and decision will be taken after holding discussions with the association members.

The LAMPS and PACS workers who come under the Cooperative Department have been agitating since past 27 days demanding regularisation of employment.

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