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Now, CHB staff proceed on pen-down strike

As the UT administration and Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) management have turned a blind eye to the ongoing chain hunger strike by the CHB employees demanding implementation of pension, the employees proceeded on a pen-down strike from Wednesday.

chandigarh Updated: Jun 20, 2013 00:31 IST
HT Correspondent

As the UT administration and Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) management have turned a blind eye to the ongoing chain hunger strike by the CHB employees demanding implementation of pension, the employees proceeded on a pen-down strike from Wednesday.

The strike on Wednesday brought the day-to-day working of the CHB to a standstill. The employees' strike would also cast shadow on the function being planned at the end of the month to hand over the possession of 8,448 flats in Dhanas, rehabilitating slum dwellers of one of the largest colonies in city.

The CHB employees, under the banner of Chandigarh Housing Board Employees Co-ordination Committee (CHBECC), have been sitting on hunger strike for the past 66 days. The union decided to intensify the strike and proceed on pen-down strike as they failed to get and response from UT administration or CHB management.

"After consistent efforts we were able to persuade the UT administration for considering the genuine demand of nearly 402 CHB staff members regarding the approval of pensionary benefits, but despite approval, the administration has failed to implement the scheme, forcing us to sit on strike," CHBECC president Shinder Pal Singh said.

He added, "The employees have been sitting on strike for the past more than 66 days but there is no positive response from the administration or management. We have thus decided to proceed on pen-down strike till June 29."

A senior official in the UT administration confirmed that the function was slated to be held in the last week of June. The administration was expecting the Prime Minister to hand over the possession of the houses to the beneficiaries and the date would be finalised after nod from the Prime Minister Office (PMO), the official claimed.

Continuing with the chain hunger strike, another group of CHB employees - Sukhwinder, Jeeta Ram, Avtar Singh, Sat Pal and Som Bahadur - sat on daylong hunger strike on Wednesday.

The pension scheme was approved in 2009 for the employees who had joined prior to January 1, 2004, but the matter has been pending for implementation.