Statesman News Service
Kolkata, 14 November
Employees of the labour department today submitted a memorandum to state labour  minister Mr Purnendu Bose against the shifting of the department’s office to Rajarhat.
Around 50 employees of the labour department spoke to Mr Bose regarding the matter and urged him to shift the state labour department to any place within the city.
A representative of the employees said they have to spend more money to reach the vocational training institute at Rajarhat, where the department will be shifted on 15 December. “Our dearness allowance has not been hiked and Rajarhat is far away from the city,” he said. He said a large number of people come from districts for several purposes and they will face problems in reaching the vocational training institute at Rajarhat. 
Mr Bose, however, said that he has nothing to do regarding the shifting issue as Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has taken the decision on the matter.
The PWD also issued a notification yesterday for shifting several departments of the Writers’ Buildings to other locations in Rajarhat, Salt Lake and the New Secretariat building. The power department will be shifted from the New Secretariat building to West Bengal Power Distribution Corporation Limited’s (WBPDCL) office in Salt Lake, and the water resource and investigation department will be shifted to the office of the power department within 15 December. The Civil defence and fire and emergency service departments will be shifted from Writers’ Buildings to Bikash Bhawan in Salt Lake within 15 December. The technical education and vocational training department will be shifted from Bikash Bhawan to the vocational training institute in Rajarhat within 15 December. The child development and social welfare department will be shifted from the Writers’ Buildings to Bikash Bhawan on 30 December. The refugee rehabilitation department will be shifted to the vocational training institute on 30 December and the North Bengal development department will be moved to Poura Bhavan on 15 December.