June 25, 2009 2:05:49 am
Temporary employees of a municipal library attacked and smashed Mayor Kanwar Sains office on Wednesday afternoon after he announced that their appointment was illegal.
Among the protestors were some of the 799 temporary staff employed at the Hardayal Municipal Library between April 1 and June 11,2007.
The Mayor was in his office when the protestors barged in. As Sain locked himself in an adjoining room,they ransacked his office.
An agitated Sain later called it a serious attempt on his life. He said: There was lapse in both internal and external security. I have talked to the Lieutenant-Governor and the Commissioner of Police and recommended prompt action against the concerned Station House Officer.
The heat was raised after Sain addressed the media at 1 pm. He said a judicial inquiry into the appointment of 799 employees had found it illegal and void. The probe by retired district and sessions judge G P Thareja had found that the appointments were liable to be annulled.
The employees have not been paid any salary since their appointment in 2007,and Sain said not everyone would be compensated. The MCD is considering reserving 20 to 25 per cent of the posts for those qualified among the 799. A months salary would be paid as compensation to sincere employees to be identified by an MCD-constituted committee,he announced. The employees were given 10 days for appeal.
Immediately after Sains media conference,Leader of Opposition in MCD Jai Kishan Sharma met journalists in his chamber. The recruitments were made keeping with MCDs plan to start a library in each of its 272 wards, he said. This is not an issue of fund shortage. We had allotted Rs 4.5 crore for the project,of which over Rs 2 crore was meant for salaries.
Even as the interaction was going on,about 100 temporary employees who had assembled outside the Town Hall gate,broke the lock and barged in. They went straight for Sains office. After damaging the office,they broke the glass on the notice boards and smashed potted plants along the Town Halls portico. Driven out of the Town Hall,they then tried to stage a roadblock outside but were driven out by the police.
Amid shouting slogans against municipal authorities,Usha Arora,one of the affected employees,said: We have been waiting for three years,and now they tell us we will not be made permanent. There are widows among us I,for instance,have admitted my children in schools by counting on the promised salary to pay the fees.
The appointments were made by then library secretary and former Congress councillor Ashok Jain. The BJP-led MCD had sent termination letters to all temporary employees immediately after assuming power in 2007.
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