As work remained at a standstill at the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) on the second day of a pen-down strike by staff seeking a pension scheme, residents continue to be stuck at the receiving end.
Under the banner of CHB Employees Co-ordination Committee (CHBECC), the staff have been on a chain hunger strike for the past 67 days, but started the pen-down as they failed to get any response from the administration.
Many residents had to return disappointed from the CHB office on Thursday. "I had to get the file of transfer of property processed. It has been pending since 2009, but countless rounds to the office have failed to yield anything. Today, I was here again but the strike has stopped all work anyway. I'll have to come back again," said Ranjeet Singh, resident of Sector 40.
Jaimal Singh of Sector 33 had a similar tale: "I was here for a personal hearing, but have been waiting for about an hour. I don't how much longer I'd have to wait."
"I have been making rounds of the office for getting a property-related file processed. This strike means I'll have to make another round; they do not realise that every visit costs me at least Rs 100 in fare," said Prem Singh, who had travelled from Rupnagar.
Meanwhile, the chain hunger strike completed 67 days on Thursday, with five CHB employee -- Jagdish Singh, Bachan Singh, Harbans Singh, Bhupinder Bhardwaj and Gurdev Chand - sitting in to register their protest for non-implementation of the pension scheme since a decision in 2009. The non-implementation is reportedly affecting over 400 employees.