Employees of Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda), Gurgaon, held a protest on Friday against the proposed setting up of the Gurgaon Development Authority (GDA). They also demanded that the employees who have been sent on deputation to the Municipal Corporation Gurgaon (MCG) be brought back.
Over a hundred employees shouted slogans at the Sector 14 office and submitted a memorandum with their demands to estate officer Sanjeev Singla.
Earlier in the morning, the employees gathered at the Huda nursery in Sector 14 and held a meeting. Thereafter, they marched to the office of the Huda administrator.
The employees who gathered under the banner of Huda Employees Unity threatened to launch an agitation if their demand were not considered.
Ramniwas Thakran, a union leader, said the government is planning to do away with the urban authority and that is the reason Huda sectors are transferred to the MCG for maintenance. “What is the need for doing this as this job is being done by us satisfactorily,” he said. He also said the employees who were sent on deputation to the MCG were not being paid their salary.
The protesting employees demanded that the employees on deputation to the MCG be brought back and their salaries paid at the earliest. The employees also demanded that the Huda should develop new sectors so that meaningful work can be allotted to them, and the authority does not become obsolete.
Another union leader, Sadhu Ram, said they had met the Huda administrator five months ago and submitted an 18 points charter of the employees. “None of the demands have been looked into and the employees are feeling very hopeless,” he said.
The employees also said the setting up of the GDA, which would mean the end of the road for the Huda in Gurgaon, was a retrograde step that would lead to chaos.