Employees of the Deputy Commissioner’s office held a pen-down strike to protest against the administration for failing to consider their pending demands. Members of the DC office employees union gathered on the roof of the DC Office building and held a strike for the second day.
A union member, Om Prakash, said employees all over the state were holding a three-day strike along with employees in Kharar, Derabassi, Banur and Majri, who worked in the SDM and tehsildar offices.
Prakash said that in 1995-96, 17 new sub-divisions and few sub-tehsils had been created by the state government but the staff had not been increased. The employees demanded upgradation of jobs, long-pending Dearness Allowances (DA) and increase in staff to cater to rising workload, he said.
Meanwhile, over 1,000 Punjab Urban Development Authority (PUDA) employees from across the state gathered outside PUDA Bhawan to continue their protest that started on December 4.
The protesters raised slogans against the administration and demanded introduction of pension scheme, regularisation of daily wagers, allotment of plots to employees who have not been given plots till now and promotion of qualified employees to supervisor-level posts.
On Thursday evening, Additional Deputy Commissioner (General) Parveen Kumar Thind met the agitators and received a memorandum of their demands following which the pen-down strike was called off. The chain hunger strike, however, will continue.