While all departments of UT administration and other philanthropic forums are making profound donations towards Uttarakhand relief operation, the workers' union of Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation (CITCO) has bluntly said a no to donate their one-day salary.
Not only did the employees raise hue and cry against the deduction of one-day salary, but also forced the management to redeposit the deducted salary in their respective accounts on Monday. There are around 1,500 employees working with CITCO and the corporation would have contributed around Rs 7 lakh for the cause.
Following the appeal made by the UT administration urging the staff members of all departments to contribute their one-day salary to the Prime Minister's Relief Fund for Uttarakhand relief, the management of CITCO deducted one-day salary of its employees.
However, according to sources, CITCO Workers' Union expressed its displeasure as the employees were not intimated about the move. They took up the matter with CITCO managing director DK Tiwari, forcing the management to rollback the decision.
Union president Kashmir Chand said the CITCO management had deducted their one-day salary without intimating them through written orders.
"There were no orders and it was all verbal," Chand said.
Talking about the double standards being possessed by the management, he said recently he had made an appeal, where he had asked employees to contribute for the medical treatment of a security guard deployed at Sector 56 petrol pump, who was brutally assaulted by unidentified miscreants.
“I was reprimanded by the management for raising money for welfare of the guard and now, they themselves deducted the salary of employees without even intimating them,” said Kashmir Chand. However, officials maintained that the guard was not their employee and he was insured.
When contacted, managing director CITCO DK Tiwari said that the consent of employees was not taken.
“Consent of employees is necessary before making any deduction. It is the accounts department which takes the decision now,” Tiwari informed.
Unhappy with the turn of events, a senior official said that CITCO employees have always contributed towards such causes and it was for the first time that the management took a U-turn and contributions were re-deposited in the employees' accounts.
Donations pouring in for relief
Meanwhile, the UT administration has received an overwhelming response to the appeal made by deputy commissioner Mohammed Shayin for making contributions towards Uttarakhand relief. Within one-week, the administration received over Rs 30 lakh as donations from various quarters including different traders associations.
Chandigarh Beopar Mandal contributed Rs 5 lakh to the cause, while Chandigarh Business Council Chandigarh and Traders Association Sector 17 chipped in with contribution of Rs 2.84 lakh.
The Property Consultant Association donated Rs 1.51 lakh to the Prime Minister's Relief Fund.
Deputy commissioner Mohammed Shayin applauded the gesture of city residents and various associations in coming forward with timely help in the form of donations for the flood-hit victims.