March 25, 2011 12:56:30 am
After contractual teachers got back their jobs in a similar way,the retrenched rural veterinary pharmacists and Class IV employees also resorted to the Sholay act in Mohali on Thursday.
Seeking their jobs back,hundreds of protesters from across the state converged at the Vikas Bhawan (Punjab Rural Development and Panchayats department headquarters) in Mohalis Sector 62 early in the morning. While 10 of them climbed atop the six-storey Vikas Bhawan building,the rest,along with their families,squatted in the middle of the main road passing in front of the building.
Equipped with petrol,Devinder Singh (Sangrur),Kanwaldeep Singh (Amritsar),Kuldeep Singh (Muktsar),Gurwinder Singh (Amritsar),Gurmeet Singh (Moga),Kabal Singh (Tarn Taran),Rajwant Singh,Sukhraj Singh (Tarn Taran),Varinderpal and Chamkaur Singh (Gurdaspur) threatened to self-immolate if the state government did not issue formal orders to regularise their services. The protest,which caught the district police and civil administration unawares,began before 9 am and was continuing till the time of filing of this report.
After all efforts made by district officials failed to pacify the protesters,District Planning Committee Chairman N K Sharma managed to take along some protesters for a meeting with Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal in Chandigarh.
Though the chief minister offered that the services of those who fulfill the requisite qualification will be regularised,the protesters refused to budge and remained adamant on their demand of regularising the services of all 1,380 staffers,who were retrenched after five years of service at rural veterinary hospitals and dispensaries under the Zila Parishads across the state.
Around 10.45 am,10 protesters came down from the building after N K Sharma reassured them of accepting their demand. Till the filing of this report,all protesters were squatting outside Vikas Bhawan and said would call off their stir only after getting formal orders regarding regularisation of all retrenched staffers.
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