MC staff’s strike enters day 14; Ropar turns into garbage dump

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Rupnagar
  • Updated: Aug 19, 2014 13:31 IST

Sanitation has taken a major hit at Rupnagar after the strike of Municipal Council entered its 14th day on Monday.

Municipal employees across the state have been observing a statewide strike from August 5 to demand the withdrawal of the state government’s notification regarding the transfer of clerical staff.

They also demanded that a notification ordering the hand over of work on water supply and sewerage systems to the water supply and sewerage board betaken back.

The employees also want the government to scrap the contractual system of employment in Municipal Councils and regularisation of employees and a 20% increase in the Value Added Tax (VAT) due to Municipal Councils.

With safai karamcharis also on strike, piles of uncollected garbage can be seen in several parts of the town. As sanitary condition in the town deteriorates, a threat of an outbreak of diseases like malaria looms large.
Rupnagar sub divisional magistrate (SDM) Harsuhinder Singh Brar, also the administrator of the Rupnagar Municipal Council Rupnagar, said safai karamcharis were persuaded into cleaning the outer areas of the city on Independence Day.

“On Tuesday, I will request them to clear the garbage heaped in several parts of the town,” said Brar.

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