Chhattisgarh Rly Vendors Association submits Memorandum to DRM, Labour Commissioner

Chattisgarh Railway Vendors Assn MemoRaipur (R): The Chhattisgarh Railway Vendors Association, under the leadership of the City District Congress Committee president, Vikas Upadhyay, submitted a memorandum on Tuesday listing their demands to the senior DCM, DRM and Central Labour Commissioner.

In the memorandum, the Association has listed the problems of the vendors and demanded action on it. Upadhyay said that the Chhattisgarh Railway Commission Vendors Association is a registered body under the Chhattisgarh Cooperative Society Act 1960 and its members have been working at the Raipur Railway station since 1960.

He said that the Supreme Court, on the petition presented by the All India Railway Canteen Service Union, in its decision taken in September 1987, had ordered that all the bearers and vendors should be taken into the service of the Indian Railways. However, before taking them into service, the Railways in 1992 had given the canteen and other works of Raipur Railway Station on contract to M/s RK Agrawal, after calling tender.

At that time, the Chhattisgarh Railway Commission Vendors Association had filed a suit with III appellant judge class-2, in which the judge gave sanction to M/s RK Agrawal to take the vendors on work under it. Thereafter, all the vendors of the association have been working under the M/s Agrawal (Sunshine Caterers Pvt Ltd). Upadhyay said that recently the Railways have given the contract of the canteen at the Raipur Railway Station to Ahmedabad-based company Hakim Chand and Sons.

With this contract, about 25 vendors working at the Railway canteen since last 22 years would totally be rendered jobless. In the agreement made between the new contractor and the railways, the railways did not make it compulsory for the contractor to take the old employees in its service. Because of the wrong policies of the Railways, the future of the labourers, who were working in the canteen, is in dark, he added.