Striking job losers end hunger strike
The youth, who were on an indefinite hunger strike at Azad Maidan for the last 15 days in protest against the government’s decision to cancel their selection process, withdrew their agitation on Monday evening after the Chief Minister,
Mr Manohar Parrikar assured to look into their demands within 45 days, revealed the working president of Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), Mr Ajit Singh Rane.
Addressing the media, Mr Rane stated that Mr Parrikar took the initiative after a delegation of Fatorda MLA, Mr Vijay Sardesai, Curtorim MLA, Mr Reginaldo Lourenco, Sattari activist, Mr Vishwesh Parab, Mr Sudip Tamankar and some striking youth met him at his residence and apprised him about the plight of the strikers. Mr Rane also claimed that the Chief Minister was questioned in the backdrop of the upcoming Ganesh Chaturthi festival.
However, sources said that Mr Parrikar has reiterated his resolve to oppose appointment of illegal job seekers. He has also assured that the issue will be taken up with the concerned youth on September 26.
It may be recalled that youth employed with government departments including Mining department, Animal Husbandry department, education department, health department, PWD and drivers of Bal Rath buses were amongst those who had gone on indefinite hunger strike. During the course of the hunger strike, several persons were shifted to Goa Medical College and Hospital at Bambolim with health-related complains. [NT]