Mangaluru, Mar 13, 2018: Members of the DK District Beedi Workers Federation affiliated to the CITU picketed the EPF office in Mangaluru on March 13, Tuesday demanding PF facilities to the workers after rectifying their provident fund and pension related documents.
Addressing the protestors, CPM District Secretary Vasantha Achari said the poor beedi workers, many of whom did not know their date of birth had not provided the same when joining work, but are now finding it difficult as Aadhar has been made mandatory for Central Government amenities. Accordingly, the workers have t o link their Aadhar number with their PF account. But for want of documents many beedi workers are struggling. There is a need for a permanent solution to the same, he added
Sunil Kumar Bajal, District General Secretary of CITU urged to simplify procedures to avail pension for beedi workers.
Beedi Workers Union and CITU leaders U B Lokayya, Sadashiva Das, Muneer Katipalla, B K Imtiyaz and others were present on the occasion.