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200 safai karamcharis on strike in Kotkapura

punjab Updated: Feb 21, 2014 20:13 IST
Raghbir Singh Brar

More than 200 safai karamcharis with the Kotkapura municipal committee have been on strike for three days now, as they have not been paid for December and January.

This is the second instance of a strike since November last, when a strike was organised after being left unpaid for three months.

The MC often fails to release the salaries of its employees as it has comparatively less sources of income than its expenditure.

A protest march was also organised on Wednesday.

"We have not been paid for two months and we are going into poverty," alleged Avinash Chouhan, vice-president of Safai Sewak Union, Kotkapura.

"Besides it, we have also not been paid the balance amount of our dearness allowances, ex gratia grant to the employees who have died, which is supposed to be released by the municipal committee immediately," he alleged."

"The employees are getting notices for not paying the installments of their insurance installments which are due to for about nine months but these are being deducted from our salaries," alleged Nirmal Kumar, general secretary of the union.

"We want that as per the government rules, our salaries should be released by the 7th of each month. We often go on strike to get the salaries released. We want it to be regularised," alleges Nirmal.

"The employees have been issued the cheques for DA installments. Their salaries are also being released and the problem would be resolved soon," said Harjeet Singh Sandhu, SDM Kotkapura, administrator of Kotkapura MC.