Sugar factory workers cry foul as agriculture ministry fails to pay them ex gratia

Sep 11, 2022 | 06:18 IST

Sugar factory workers cry foul as agriculture ministry fails to pay them ex gratia

Team Herald

PONDA: Senior workers at Sanjeevani sugar factory criticized government for not releasing their ex gratia payments for Ganesh Chaturthi, and called on Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and Agriculture Minister Ravi Naik to solve the problem.

The Dharbandora factory has a total of about 181 employees, 100 of whom are confirmed. The ex-gratia was sanctioned only for the approximately 80 contract workers this year.

Previously, the government paid ex gratia contract employees as well as confirmed employees. However, on August 29, we received a notification from the Director of Agriculture stating that gratuity will only be paid to contract workers. There was no mention of payment for the 100 confirmed employees,” said a confirmed factory worker.

They further stated that over the past 48 years, ex-gratia has been given to senior and contract staff of Sanjivani sugar factory as per Maharashtra Sugar Wage Board as a benefit for low-cost workers salary, to be able to celebrate Ganesh. Chaturthi.

Pointing out that all workers, whether confirmed or contracted, had received the payment for the past three years, staff questioned why the Ministry of Agriculture had suddenly started to differentiate between the two groups this year and had not released their payments, despite the fact that the State Department of Finance had sanctioned the allowance for all employees.

Rachel J. Bradford