People were inconvenienced as around 1,200 employees of the Suvidha centres across the state on Monday began their two-day strike before the department of governance reforms in Chandigarh against their long-pending demand of regularisation and government- scale salaries.
The protesters, under the banner of the Punjab State Suvidha Karamchari Union, raised slogans against the government.
Union president Om Parkash Rana said despite giving memoranda to ministers, MLAs and to all deputy commissioners in the state, no action had been taken for the past three to four years. In case no concrete steps were taken, they would intensify their stir, he warned.
While addressing the gathering, state vice-president Charanjit Singh said all employees of the Suvidha centres were working wholeheartedly like other government employees but they were not getting salaries on their pattern. He said the employees should be regularised with immediate effect and should also get all facilities like other government employees.
In the protest, the state president of the Subordinate Services Federation Union was also present to support the Suvidha union.
At SAS Nagar, those who had work at the Suvidha centre were at the receiving end as these centres handle the processing of licences, RCs besides caste, birth, death and marriage certificates.