Protest leads to traffic snarls on Chandigarh-Panchkula road

The employees were protesting against the suspension of the state president and vice-president of the association and demanded that the orders be cancelled.

By: Express News Service | Panchkula | Updated: October 22, 2016 5:24 am

Employees of the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Supervisor Welfare Association blocked the road near the Housing Board on Friday, leading to traffic snarls for hours on the Chandigarh-Panchkula road.

The employees were protesting against the suspension of the state president and vice-president of the association and demanded that the orders be cancelled.

They also demanded withdrawal of the chargesheets against supervisors, implementation of equal pay, mobile phone allowance, travel allowance and disposal of pending cases.

Savita Malik, president, Supervisor Welfare Association, Haryana, said: “The supervisors have not received salaries since the past two months and we have decided to observe Black Diwali to register our protest. We urge the government to cancel the suspension orders of the supervisors before November 6 or the employees will start an indefinite protest outside Minister of Women and Child Development Kavita Jain’s residence in Sonepat.”

Many supervisors and employees under Sarv Karmchari Sangh carried out a protest outside the Department of Women and Child Development in Sector 4, after which they marched towards the Haryana CM’s residence in Chandigarh. However, they were stopped near the Housing Board by police.

The traffic moved at snail’s pace as the vehicles route was diverted towards Manimajra until 5pm, when the workers called off the protest.

Subhash Lamba, general secretary, Sarv Karmchari Sangh, said: “We met the OCD to CM, Bhupeshwar Dyal and he has assured that a meeting would soon be scheduled with the CM where the demands would be discussed.”