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Data entry operators stage demo demanding permanent jobs

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Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Sep 2:

Hundreds of data entry operators today staged a demonstration in front of the residence of the Odisha’s revenue minister Bijayashree Routray here demanding permanent status in their job and increment in salary package.

Photo: Biswaranjan Mishra
Photo: Biswaranjan Mishra

The agitators shouted anti-government slogans calling for immediate fulfillment of their demands.

The data entry operators were appointed on contractual basis in 2006 at 306 Tehsil offices across the state. “Initially we were appointed for preparing land records, but were later engaged in for digitization of land records. Besides, our services have also been used for various state government initiatives, including e-Governance and e-District project. But the government has been ignoring us in granting permanent status to our jobs,” alleged president of Odisha State Tahasil Data Entry Operators Association, Nrusingha Charan Nayak.

As many as 600 data entry operators were working in 317 tehsils across the state. The association members said that they are bearing the brunt of the price hike in essential commodities to spend their livelihood with a meagre monthly salary of Rs 5, 200.

The association members further alleged that though the General Administration (GA) department had issued a resolution in September 2013 to regularize as many as 46, 000 government employees working with various departments, the state government is least bothered about their demand.

“Though we have been on agitation at Lower PMG here since August 18, the state government is not paying any heed to our demands. Therefore, we are forced to demonstrate in front of the minister’s house. We would intensify our agitation if our demands are not fulfilled by the government soon,” warned general secretary of the association, Sangram Keshari Raut.