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Govt ignorant; pharmacists, class-4 employees continue strike

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Ludhiana, June 26, 2013
First Published: 20:02 IST(26/6/2013) | Last Updated: 20:04 IST(26/6/2013)

Protesting against the state government for not increasing salaries and regularising their jobs, the members of United Front of Punjab, observed a hunger strike during duty hours at the Zila Parishad Complex in Ludhiana on Wednesday.

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The union members, who are pharmacists and class-four employees of rural health centres or civil veterinary hospitals, were on strike since June 1 and have been demanding from the government to increase their salaries and to regularise their jobs.

These employees sit on a dharna daily at the Zila Parishad complex.

The members had staged state-level protest in Patiala where they were allegedly lathi-charged on June 24.

Gurmeet Singh, convener of Rural Health Pharmacists Action Committee, a part of UFP said that they will carry on their strike till their demands were not met. Gurmeet added that the employees were going through tough times as they had been working at very low salaries for the last seven years.

The state government had made many promises to fulfill the demands but nothing has been done so far to fulfill them, Gurmeet added.

He further informed that they have a meeting with chief minister on June 30 and if their demands were not completed then they will intensify their protest.

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