Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had to face to the music of striking engineers from state government as his helipad in Vidisha remained unattended during his visit on Friday.
Other development works too in Madhya Pradesh came to a halt in the wake of engineers and non-engineering staff of all the works departments like PWD, PHE (Public Health Engineering), Water Resources, RES (Rural Engineering Services), MP Rural Road Development Corporation etc went on a one-day token strike to press the government to remove collector and SP of Datia.
The protesting government staff assembled under a joint action forum and locked their offices across the state.
“All offices remained locked and staff on strike for a single point demand of removing collector and SP of Datia,” said Akhilesh Upadhyaya, state president of MP Engineers Association.
He confirmed to HT that the CM’s helipad remained unattended during his visit to Vidisha.
Simhastha works too suffered heavily in the wake of strike, said Upadhyaya. “One day of strike makes the development work push one week behind the schedule,” added Upadhyaya.
Members threatened to intensify their agitation by resorting to dharna etc on November 9 if the government doesn’t concede to their demand by then.
It was matter of their dignity and pride , said diploma engineer association (E/M) state president Dilip Gupta.
Engineers’ fraternity involving serving engineers of various departments observed ‘no work and lock out’ at their respective offices in Gwalior division also.
All association members including Engineers Service, Gazette Officers, Diploma Engineers, Class III and Class IV etc. demanded immediate action against Datia collector Jangre for alleged slapping of the EE (PWD) KK Singare and misbehaving with sub-engineer Sohanlal Gupta in Datia on October 19.
Earlier Datia collector Jangre had courted controversy after he allegedly slapped Singare over barricading at a temple.
Agitated engineers submitted memorandum to chief secretary Anthony de Sa in Bhopal on October 21.
Prominent among those present today included national advisor of All India Federation of Diploma Engineers’ Rajendra Singh Bhadoria, regional president Ravindra Singh Kushwaha, district president Mahenda Agrawal, APS Bhadoria, Anoop Chaudhary, Jagesh Shrivastava and others.