E-Seva employees back to work
E-Seva employees back to work, After three days of strike, the employees of E-Seva are back to work but the promise of better wages and working conditions still remains a far cry.
If promises are not met, they will stop work again
After three days of strike, the employees of E-Seva are back to work but the promise of better wages and working conditions still remains a far cry. The employees went on a flash strike from August 18 to 21.
Jammima, president of E-Seva Employees Association, says, “The director of E-Seva agreed to meet the demands. We hope that the implementation takes place quickly. The employees have been suffering from poor wages and bad working conditions. Salaries are not paid in time and the morale of the employees is at an all time low.”
Saraswati, an operator, says, “I have been working for the past four years but have still not received the PF and ESI number. After all the cutting I get just Rs 5,600. There is no security and the number of customers is growing every month. The workload has increased in the last two years but the salary is the same.”
There are 53 E-Seva centres in the city. Each centre has two managers who get Rs 7000. Newly appointed operators salary is Rs 5000.
Padma, an operator at the AS Rao Nagar E-Seva centre, says, “Even the house keeping material is not sufficient sometimes. We have been working with utmost sincerity but the May salary is deposited in August. We deal with irate customers all day long but no one understands our predicament.”
The demands of the E-Seva Employees Association range from ID cards, ESI, PF, centre security, housekeeping material, white paper and on time salaries.
Jammima adds, “The government promised that the salaries would be on time and would be deposited on the 5th of every month. We would see if the government keeps up its promise, else we would again go in for a strike.”
K Yedukondalu, deputy director, Urban ESeva, says “The demands have been met and the process would be streamlined.”
In the meanwhile, the E-Seva centres were teeming with people on Friday and Saturday. “The payments got delayed due to the strike and the continuous holidays in the recent days. Usually, I get my work done in 15-20 minutes but I had to wait for 40 minutes as there is heavy rush,” said Parvati, a resident of Warasiguda.