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Insurance SC, ST staff body holds meeting

THE MP-CG unit of the All India General Insurance SC/ ST Employees Welfare Association organised a one-day employees?, officers conference here today.

india Updated: Feb 26, 2006 22:24 IST

THE MP-CG unit of the All India General Insurance SC/ ST Employees Welfare Association organised a one-day employees’, officers conference here today.

The objective of the conference, which has also provided a platform for brainstorming session (Chintan Shivir) was to discuss various issues related to service condition of the workers, employees and officials belonging to SC & ST categories in the public sector general insurance companies and create awareness among the group regarding their rights.

The all-India advisor of the Association, Dilip Panwar said out of 79,000-odd employees in the general insurance, 24,000 belong to SC & ST category. “We want the large manpower should properly be channelised as a better workforce,” he stressed.

Highlighting the issues to be discussed in the session of the conference, Panwar said the foremost was to make the temporary workers in the sweeper category as permanent. “After visiting various centres in the country, I found women workers aged 55 are still working as part-time sweepers, which is ridiculous. They need to be made permanent,” he pointed out.

Mentioning about the aspects of the negligence towards the section, Panwar said it deprives the children of the workers from getting better education and other facilities, which they could have received, had their parents being permanent ones.
As per official rules, a permanent sweeper is equivalent to sub-staff cadre.

Alleging promotion policy in officer cadre in the general insurance companies to be a ‘social fraud’, the advisor said there should be reservation for SC & ST, which does not exist at present.

Citing example, he said for promoting an assistant administrative officer (AAO) to AO level, neither test nor interviews are conducted, and if it is on the basis of seniority-cum-fitness, reservation should be introduced as per the Indian Constitution.

“Another area, we want to highlight is on transfer & mobility policy for Class II, III & IV staff members, which should be replaced by redeployment of employees,” emphasized Panwar. “Existing transfer policy is nothing but a ‘conspiracy’ – a way to extend benefits to the private companies in the sector,” he alleged, while speaking to the Hindustan Times.

The issues for discussion in the conference were related to appointments on compassionate grounds, filling up of backlog appointments, opening up of recruitment drive, maintaining roaster for Manager grade-I post and the role of the association in the management.

Panwar said if the management fails to redress association’s grievances, it would resort to series demonstrations and strikes. “We would even resort to extreme form of sacrifice,” he said, without further revealing the modus operandi of the association in future.

Association’s national general secretary Anil Sonwane, executive president Ajay Sonkamle, general secretary of MP-CG unit Manoj Kumar Batham and several leaders of national as well as local levels participated in the conference.

First Published: Feb 26, 2006 22:24 IST