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Day of protests in Sangrur

punjab Updated: Feb 26, 2014 20:59 IST
HT Correspondent

It was a day of protests in Sangrur, as city residents witnessed three major protests on Wednesday, putting the district police on its toes.

Two different protests were held in mini-secretariat at the same time, whereas another one was organized by the NRHM nurses in front of residence of finance minister Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa.

NRHM nurses demand regularization of jobs: Demanding regularisation of their Jobs, 900 nurses appointed under the National Rural Health Mission, has declared their war against the government, to take advantage of coming Lok Sabha polls.

Irritated, over the failure of talks with the finance minster, staff nurses from three districts of Sangrur, Barnala and Mansa on Wednesday sat on indefinite protest outside finance minister's residence.

Sangrur-based NRHM nurse, Sunanda sat on an indefinite hunger strike, alleging discrimination by the state government despite the assurance by the finance minister. Talking to Hindustan Times, the NRHM Nurses' Union president Navneet Kaur said: "We are protesting against the betrayal. The finance minister refused to accept our demand even after his own assurance to regularize our jobs". She made it clear that the agitation will continue in front of his residence until their demand was met.

DC Office Employee's Union hold protest
Hundreds of employees across the Punjab gathered here on Wednesday and sat on the protest in the mini-secretariat complex. Protesting under the banner of the Punjab Deputy Commissioner Office Employees Union, (PDCOEU) the employees also threatened to declare three-day hunger strike from Friday, if their demands, which included increasing ministerial promotion quota for naib tehsildar from 2 to 10 per cent, reducing experience for promotion to superintendent from five years to two years and filling vacant posts in the newly created district, sub-divisions and sub-tehsils, were not met.

Talking to Hindustan Times Vijay Bahal, president of the PDCOEU said:"Despite its assurance, the government was not ready to implement our demand, now we have decided to sit on a hunger strike in mini-secretariat building, from Friday to Sunday. If the government will not accept our demand we will declare a hunger strike in Bathinda on Wednesday"

CPI (M) reminds its presence
To make their presence felt hundreds of workers protesting under the banner of CPI (M) staged a dharna outside the deputy commissioner's office. During their address, all speakers targeted the SAD-BJP government of Punjab and Congress led UPA government at the centre for price rise, unemployment and promoting privatization.

Speaking on the occasion CPI (M) Sangrur district secretary Bant Singh Amol demanded government jobs for educated unemployed youths of the state, and monthly unemployment allowance of Rs 10000 per month for unemployed youths.

He also dared the district administration and the police to arrest them for the violation of section 144, but the police did not arrest them.