Jobless linemen union holds a protest in Faridkot
The Unemployed Linemen Union on Friday held a protest rally in Faridkot, alleging that one of their companions, Sarbjeet Singh from Tarn Taran district committed suicide as he was fed up with the delaying tactic and false assurances of the government. They also presented their charter of demands to Faridkot deputy commissioner Ravi Bhagat.
"The SAD-BJP government, during its previous term in January 2011, had advertised nearly 5,000 posts of linemen in the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) but after scruitnising the documents of all applicants, only 1,000 were given appointments, while 4,000 had been left in the lurch," alleged Harpreet Singh Madak, the district president of the union.
"The state government had not been issuing appointments to linemen, saying that some cases were pending in this regard in the Punjab and Haryana high court. Even though, in February 2013, the high court had made it clear that there was no injunction on the recruitment of linemen, the PSPCL is not recruiting unemployed linemen," Harpreet alleged.
The union leaders said they had talks with the chief minister and deputy CM in June and July, respectively, but no solution has been worked out.
Sarbjeet Singh is survived by a three-year-old son, his parents and wife.
"The union demands that the government should announce a job to Sarbjeet Singh's wife besides R10 lakh compensation. The 4,000 linemen should be given appointments in the July-24 meeting of the union with the chief minister," said Harpreet Madak.