NARC employees on strike for pay raise

POKHARA: Putting forward a list of seven demands, including wage hike, 78 agricultural workers of three offices of Kaski district under Nepal Agriculture Research Council (NARC) halted work.

Twenty workers from NARC Malepatan, 52 from Lumle centre and 7 from Fish research center, Begnas, stopped work today.

Research work has been affected in these centres ever since workers began agitating on March 17. Their demands include increment in wages, medical expenses, insurance facility, and maternity leave, among others.

Sarasawati Poudel, one of the workers said, “We have been compelled to halt work as the authority ignored our demands for about a year.’’ Agriculture Ministry and Ministry for labor and transport management had directed the Council to provide wages fixed by the local body.

Though the District Development Committee had fixed daily wages at Rs 260, workers are getting only 200 rupees. Workers said they would not return to work until their demands were met.

Ram Bahadur KC, chief, Malepatan centre, informed that the centre’s work was adversely affected due to the strike and that the centre had incurred huge loss with agitating workers not allowing other staffers to work. Likewise, cattle at Lumle centre have been affected by the workers’ strike.

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