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HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times
Amritsar, April 21, 2013
Even as a deadlock continues between the state government and protestors who had climbed a water tank to demand jobs, Punjab Youth Congress has now decided to take up the matter with governor Shivraj Patil. On Sunday, Punjab Youth Congress chief Vikram Choudhary along with others met the protestors and assured that he would take up the matter with the governor. "It has been almost 20 days, but the state government has failed to find a solution to the problem. This indicates that the government is not serious on this issue," he said. Now since the state government has failed, the PYC would take up this matter with the governor, he added.

Around dozen persons had climbed atop t he water tank 19 days ago to demand jobs on compassionate ground in the Powercom department. They have continued their protest ever since as the government has not been able to find any solution to the contentious issue. One of the protesters, Manjinder Singh, is on fast for the past six days.

The protestors had claimed that their family members (father or mother) had died while on duty in the Powercom department and they had been seeking job on compassionate grounds ever since.

Talking to Hindustan Times, a protester Raj Kumar said, "Our demands are very genuine. There are about 340 such cases. We are protesting for the past 20 days but the government is not bothered. We are not going to end our agitation till we are given jobs."

Meanwhile, the agitators burnt an effigy of the Punjab government on Sunday.