Youths climb water tank,demand jobs

Demanding jobs on compassionate ground,11 unemployed men on Wednesday climbed a water tank in Pink Plaza market near Hall gate.

Written by Express News Service | Amritsar | Updated: April 16, 2014 3:48:26 pm

Demanding jobs on compassionate ground,11 unemployed men on Wednesday climbed a water tank in Pink Plaza market near Hall gate.

“We had registered a similar protest in November 2012,and at that time we were assured that our demands would be met within a month. But,till now we haven’t been employed,” said Sukhchain Singh,one among those who had climbed the tank,over the phone.

“The administration is indifferent to our demand to employ us on compassionate grounds against our family members,who died while in service with the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL),and no senior officer has come to talk to us,” Sukhchain added.

Amritsar PSPCL deputy chief engineer S K Chawla said that the matter was raised at a meeting of board of directors,where it was decided that their cases would not be considered.

“Nearly 6,000 employees have availed benefits under a scheme where a total amount ranging between Rs 3 and Rs 5 lakh each,depending on the basic pay of the employee,who died while in service,was given to them. There have been 340 others who have been demanding jobs on compassionate grounds. Opinion was also sought on the issue from the advocate general. It was decided not to consider their request for jobs on compassionate grounds,as 6,000 other beneficiaries might also stake claims for jobs on similar grounds,” Chawla said.

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