CHB employees,authorities lock horns over pension scheme

Though the hunger strike entered the seventh day on Monday,so far none of the CHB officials have visited these employees.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: April 23, 2013 2:04:55 am

The ongoing protest by the Chandigarh Housing Board employees in the form of a chain hunger strike,to demand a pension scheme,seems to be heading for a deadlock between the employees and the CHB authorities.

Though the hunger strike entered the seventh day on Monday,so far none of the CHB officials have visited these employees.

While the protesting employees have cried foul over the implementation of the pension scheme,the authorities seem to be in no mood to listen,with meetings between the UT finance department and the CHB having so far resulted in nothing.

On the seventh day on Monday of the ‘fifteen day chain hunger strike’,another group of five CHB employees Harish Valecha,Surinder Bajaj,Jarnail Singh,Rajiv Kashayap and Kamal Kishore sat on the day long hunger strike on Sunday to register their protest for delay in implementation of the Pension Scheme to the employees of Chandigarh Housing Board.

The employees on hunger strike alleged that it has been ten days that the CHB chairman has not come to the office and despite their repeated requests,he has not given them an opportunity to at least air their grievances,they alleged.

The case for implementation of the pension scheme in favour of CHB employees,decided by the Chandigarh Housing Board,has been pending with the Chandigarh Administration since 2009 for a formal approval of the UT Administrator. However,the authorities have no reply to give to justify the delay,stated the employees.

Leaders of various employees union organisations i.e. Employees Form,Chandigarh,Federation of UT Employees and Workers,UT Subordinate Services Federation,Chandigarh Subordinate Services Federation,Joint Action Committee of Chandigarh and MC Employees and Workers,CTU Workers Union,CITCO employees and Workers Union,Punjab and UT Employees’ Joint Action Committee,Chandigarh,Punjab State Board and Corporation Mahasangh have extended their full support to the ongoing agitation for fulfillment of the legitimate demand of implementation of pension scheme.

Further,the agitating employees have also threatened that if their legitimate demand was not met within the stipulated time frame,they would come out on roads and disturb the function/programme to hand over the possession of flats at Dhanas to the beneficiaries under the slum rehabilitation scheme of Chandigarh Administration next month. In all likelihood,the Prime Minister,Manmohan Singh will be the chief guest during the function.

Taking a stern view of the ongoing agitation at the CHB office by the employees,the UT Administration has imposed Section 144 of the Cr PC,thereby prohibiting the employees from conducting any rally or protest in a 1,000 metres radius of the CHB premises in Sector 9.

The orders issued by the District Magistrate Mohammad Shayin,will come into force from Tuesday till April 29.

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