The West Bengal governments Food and Supplies Department has entered into a turf war with members of its own ruling party the Trinamool Congress over vacating the space occupied by the employees of the partys trade union wing at Kadhya Bhavan,the headquarters of department located on Free School Street in central Kolkata.
While the Coordination Committee,an outfit of the state government employees having allegiance to the CPM,has occupied 5,500 sq ft area,the Indian National Trinamool Trade Union Congress (INTTUC) of the Trinamool Congress,too,occupies an area measuring 5,500 sq ft. The Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC),which owes its allegiance to the Congress party,also occupies the same
area at the departments headquarters.
Minister for Food and Supplies Jyotipriya Mullick has sent notices to all the unions to vacate the space.
I have told the departmental secretary to convene a meeting of all the unions to find a way out. The official rent in this area is Rs 800 per sq ft but the unions are using the space for free. So I have told them we will provide for alternative space,maybe a 10 feet by 10 feet room to each one of them. I am not afraid of any opposition. Reforms should begin from home, Mullick told The Indian Express.
However,the ruling party first saw red in its own proposal.
It cannot be anything arbitrary. How can he offer only 10 feet by 10 feet room? There have to be talks first and then a decision will have to be taken. We will not accept anything if it is imposed on us, Shovondev Chatterjee,president of INTTUC and government chief whip,said.
However the CPM showed a more conciliatory move. We have received the notice. We are ready to talk about it. It is not a problem.
We will wait for what they are offering us, Ananta Banerjee,secretary of the committee ,said.