Demand made for transport for women on election duty

PANAJI: The Goa Government Employees Union (GGEU) has made a demand that female employees on election-related duties be provided transport till their residences. Mr M L Shetkar, president and Mr John Nazareth, general secretary of GGEU late evening on Monday met the Joint Chief Electoral Officer, Mr N S Navti and handed over a letter in this regard.

Today when the GGEA president held a telephonic discussion with Mr Navti, he was informed that he has already issued directions to all the returning officers to make necessary transport arrangements without any deviation, the GGEA told the media.

The letter states that it had heard from "… reliable sources that arrangements have been made for separate stay of female employees at possible polling stations and wherever it is not possible, instructions have been given to the BLOs to make adequate arrangements," and welcomed the decision.

The letter also states that arrangements for transport would be made upto the taluka headquarters and says that it did not have any objection incase the polling staff specially the female employees are dropped at the taluka headquarters at least by 6 p.m. But argued that incase it is not possible to reach the female employees at the taluka headquarters by 6 p.m, then "…this organisation demands that necessary arrangements be made to drop them at their respective residences without any deviation."

Giving examples, it said that there are employees residing at Cotigao (20 kms), Cola (15 kms), similarly employees residing at Vaddem (25 kms), Valkini (20 kms) and Neturlim (30 kms), as also employees residing at Vagurme (15 kms) and Savoi Verem (20 kms) away if dropped at headquarters at Canacona, Sanguem or Ponda and they could not be expected to make their own arrangements to travel such long distance at late-night hours in the remote areas in the absence of any mode of transport.