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Ex-servicemen go on indefinite strike in Kerala

Posted on Dec 15, 03:03PM | UNI

As many as 128 ex-service men, out of 140 employed as security personnel in the Indian Naval Academy (INA), Ezhimala under a security agency have started indefinite agitation since December 11 to protest against the exploitation of the Bangalore-based security agency led by another ex-service man.

Talking to newspersons at a press conference, Krishnan KV, Secretary of Kerala Ex-Service Welfare Association, alleged that a total of 140 ex-service men were employed in INA including 12 supervisors under two agencies.

"They availed a salary of around Rs 7400 per month from the company till September. But now a new security agency - East field Security, Bangalore led by Jacob, an Ex Lt colonel came into contract with INA and they have reduced the salary by Rs 1500 per month," Krishnan said.

The victims alleged that they have informed INA officials about the violation, but have not got any reply so far.

They also sent a memorandum to Defence Minister A K Antony, Labour Commissioner T T Antony and INA officials.

"But we failed in our attempt, so decided to go on an indefinite agitation from December 11," he said.