Nagpur: The guides of Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) will sit on a sit-in for about a day outside the office of the Chief Conservator of Forests (CCF) in Chandrapur on May 11. And at the same time, according to the Sanctuary Guides Employees Union (AGKS) Maharashtra Pradesh, despite meetings and reminders, the authorities are ignoring many of their demands.
Along with this, Abhayaranya Guides Karmachari Sangh has also said on its letterhead that this national labor union body is affiliated with the Union Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh. And their demands also include issues of payment, and employment apart from the concern over the insurance policies of the employees.
AGKS President Praveen Kanoje also said so, For a very long time, he has been very much in touch with the forest officials regarding various demands. However, to date, he has not given any written reply to his own organization in any way.
The members of Abhayaranya Guides Karmachari Sangh also held a meeting on the date of April 20 and decided to hold a sit-in. Praveen Kanoje has also said that They will remain there from noon to 5 pm. He is also very much hope that the officials will meet him and also resolve the very pending issues.
Demanded group insurance for guides
AGKS also wants Shramdaan to become voluntary on Wednesdays. Praveen Kanoje has said that the safari is completely closed in his area on Wednesday. And the guides are called to do the work in the forest to completely clear the fallen trees along the gypsy routes etc. But instead of becoming voluntary, the same exercise is being made mandatory.
The organization has also demanded that local people should be installed at the gate of every safari. Praveen Kanoje has said that in many places like Kesalghat, the youth in the immediate vicinity are not being deployed at all. Some incidents had happened there and since then they are giving employment to the youth of other villages. This discrimination should also end completely.
AGKS has also demanded group insurance for all the guides. After all, Kanoge said what would happen if anything happened to his guides? It is just common sense that the forest department should take the insurance policy on their behalf.