Members of West Bengal Government Employees’ Union (Nabaparjaya) put up a demonstration against the notification barring government employees from taking part in any kind of protest and demonstration on the premises of Nabanna.
The employees gathered outside Nabanna, chanted slogans and burnt a copy of the circular.
They also raised their voice against the government’s decision for non-payment of Dearness Allowance to state government employees and “illegal” transfers of general secretary Samir Ranjan Mazumdar and central joint secretary Sandip Dasgupta of the union for spearheading a demonstration.
“We wanted to put in a deputation to the chief minister and since she is not here, we had hoped that one of the secretaries would take it. But they didn’t. Probably because they know they are at fault. These people are depriving us of our fundamental right. If need be, we will meet the Prime Minister and the President of the country,” Arjun Sengupta, organisation secretary.
He also said they would soon move court against the notification.
Sengupta said the protest had spread across the state. “Protesters of Kolkata, Howrah and Hooghly have come to Nabanna but protesters of other districts have put up demonstrations in front of respective district magistrate’s offices today,” he said.
Protesters said Samir Ranjan Mazumdar and Sandip Dasgupta of the union had been transferred to Haldia Development Authority and GTA, respectively.
“We demand that the government should take back the transfer order and bring them back immediately,” said Utpal Majumder, member, central committee, WBGEU.
The protesters were stopped 100 m away from Nabanna and police officials said protesters did not attempt to break the law.