Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, June 11:
After members of Odisha Sachivalaya Seva Sangha protested in front of the office of the Chief Secretary yesterday demanding the immediate publication of the Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) list, it was the turn of SC/ST workers of the Secretariat today to sit on a dharna demanding the DPC to be scrapped.
They have alleged that while workers of general quota get promoted up to desk officer and under-secretary positions, they don’t get these benefits.
Members of the SC/ST workers’ association today tried to meet the Chief Minister to discuss these issues. Things, however, turned ugly in the Secretariat when the police didn’t allow the protesters to meet the Chief Minister and association members performed a sit in.
Extra forces were deployed in the Secretariat to keep the situation under control.
“This is a move to dismiss SC/ST workers from their jobs. This is discrimination. As if that was not enough, they are using our association building as a kalyan mandap and spending its earnings in the court against us to deprive us from our rights,” said Vivekandnda Samal, Secretary of OSA.
“We had met the Chief Secretary during grievance hearing on Monday. He had assured us that DPC would be scrapped. It should have been closed down as per his order. However, it was carried out yesterday at about 5 pm. He heard us again yesterday after we complained, but the process was reinitiated around midnight and we saw DPC being carried out this morning,” he said.
Now, we want to know whose interest they are protecting. This is step-motherly treatment for us SC/ST candidates and physical handicapped candidates,” said Ananta Kumar Majhi, General Secretary of SC/ST Council.