Mohali on Wednesday once again turned out to be a spot for a state-level protest with hundreds of pensioners and education volunteers from across Punjab converged on the city and held massive protest rallies and dharnas.
While the pensioners were demanding the release of arrears as per the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission,the education volunteers were demanding that their monthly honorarium be increased from Rs 2,500 to Rs 10,000.
The elderly pensioners blocked traffic on the road connecting Sectors 51-52 in Mohali with Sectors 43-44 in Chandigarh for almost an hour. The education volunteers too disrupted traffic on the Sectors 62-69 dividing road.
However,while the pensioners served an ultimatum to the state government that if it does not accept their demands till March 31,they will intensify their stir,the education volunteers put off their agitation on the assurance of that their demands will be considered.
The pensioners,under the banner of Punjab Government Pensioners Joint Front,began gathering at an open ground near YPS Chowk since morning. After holding a protest rally,they marched towards Chandigarh but were intercepted on the Mohali-Chandigarh border.
Sporting black ribbons and holding placards and banners raising anti-government slogans,the pensioners blocked the road. Later,Punjab chief ministers OSD N S Sangha came to the spot and accepted a memorandum containing their demands. Following this,the pensioners agreed to defer their protest till March 31,but not without threatening to lay siege to CMs Assembly segment Lambi,gherao ministers and MLAs besides launching a Jail Bharo agitation by courting their arrests en mass,if their demands were not met till them.
Around the same time,hundreds of inclusive education volunteers marched from Gurdwara Amb Sahib in Phase VIII towards District Administrative Complex in Phase I. Renting the air with anti-government slogans,the protesters were rounded up near Sector 69-70 light point for not possessing any permission to use loudspeakers.
SDM Amit Talwar accepted their memorandum,which he assured would be forwarded to the state government for consideration. Following this,the protesters agreed to call off their protest.