Hundreds of ACTs, OCTs lack accommodation in BSP Township

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 25 Nov 2017 12:42:41

Staff Reporter,


Nov 24,

Hundreds of Operative-cum-Technicians and Attendant-cum-Technicians (OCTs and ACTs) are running from pillar to post for allotment and possession of residential quarters, as the outcome of unauthorised occupation of large number quarters in BSP Township. The trade unions of BSP denounced BSP management and district administration for apathy in resolving the long pending issue.

According to information, thousands of residential quarters in BSP Township are under unauthorized occupation, and in spite of allotment, the newly recruited OCTs and ACTs are unable to take possession of these residential quarters. Hence, they are compelled to report on duty on daily basis from far off places and their performance at the workplace is dwindling consequently. The BSP trade unions are insisting the management and the district administration for immediate measures for resolving the issue.

S P Dey, president, Hindustan Steel Employees Union (CITU) alleged that they were pursuing the issue, but owing to inaction on part of management at the beginning, the unauthorized occupation kept mushrooming and it become a grave issue in respect of law and order also, as criminal element also took shelter in large number in the township. He asserted that if the issue continued to persist the trade union will have no alternative except launching a massive protest.

V B Singh, Deputy General Secretary, Steel Employees Union (INTUC) informed that in spite of allotment, the ACTs and OCTs were running from pillar to post for taking possession of residential quarters, allotted to them as per records. He informed that in the departmental record, thousands of residential quarters were vacant as the records were not updated in terms of unauthorized occupation.

Vinod Soni, Deputy General Secretary, Bhilai Steel Majdoor Sabha (AITUC) opined that it was the high time for BSP management and the district administration should initiate stern measures or else the BSP Township would be transformed into a big unruly slum. He also added that owing to such surroundings most areas of the township are hardly worth living, and the newly recruited employees abhor finding residential quarters in BSP Township.