Eight members of a a little-known group, Gujarat Against System, were detained when they tried to approach Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel to give her a memorandum in the Panchmahals district on Tuesday. The members of the group are agitating against the government’s policy to offer fixed salary to newly-recruited government employees for the first five years after clearing the recruitment test.
The CM was in the district to unveil Rs 106-crore plan to improve facilities at Pavagadh, a pilgrimage site. She launched the first phase of the plan to four-lane the existing road connecting Halol and Pavagadh and widen the route that leads up to the temple situated on the hilltop. The event was held at Pavagadh amidst initial threat from the members of the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) to disrupt the event, which kept the police on their toes.
Police, however, said that the PAAS members had finally agreed to stay away from it. Speaking at the event, Anandiben Patel stressed upon the government’s commitment to provide facilities to the youths, including training and scholarship, even waiver fees for medical and engineering colleges for students coming from the economically weaker section of society.