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MC's ministerial union fails to serve purpose, no meeting held in past three months

Even after three months of the formation of Ludhiana Corporation Ministerial Union comprising superintendents, inspectors and clerks of all four zones of the civic body, the union has remained a rudderless ship with not even a single meeting conducted so far.

punjab Updated: Dec 23, 2013 19:03 IST
Arjun Sharma

Even after three months of the formation of Ludhiana Corporation Ministerial Union comprising superintendents, inspectors and clerks of all four zones of the civic body, the union has remained a rudderless ship with not even a single meeting conducted so far.


The angry officials of municipal corporation formed this union on September 28 this year, after a superintendent of Zone A, Rajeev Bhardwaj was slapped by two MC sweepers. Valimiki community from which the sweepers belonged had stood against Bhardwaj.

As many as 32 members, including superintendent, inspectors and clerks were appointed as office bearers. While Rajeev Bhardwaj was appointed as president, MC secretary Hartej Singh was made its chairman. KP Singh superintendent was appointed as vice-chairman and Jasdev Sekhon as secretary general.

The union was supposed to take care of the interests of superintendent, inspectors and clerks, whose interests were not taken care of properly.

However, internal rivalry and departmental politics did not fulfil the purpose of forming the union, as neither the slap incident was probed by the committee formed by MC nor the union did any good for the officials for whom it was constituted.

The union was formed against the Class-four employees of the MC who have strong backing from top leaders of Valmiki community including Lakshman Dravid and Vijay Danav.

During the past three months, the union also threatened the MC of pen-down strikes for the delay in probe of slap incident by the committee, but it never happened due to lack of coordination among the members.

Rajeev Bhardwaj also agreed that the union has not been able to perform the function it was supposed to.
He said, “Yes, there are loopholes in the functioning, but we will correct them shortly. The top officials of MC were not serious about probing the slap incident.”

The committee probing slapping incident, included additional commissioner Devinder Singh, additional commissioner (technical) Dharam Singh and joint commissioner AS Sekhon.

Sources said, “Now, the union has called a meeting on Tuesday, but Bhardwaj's concern is evident from the fact that he informed many of the officials about the meeting during a demolition drive at Pavitar Nagar on Saturday.”

Union members were not willing to stand against the Valmiki community openly due to which no meeting was held for such a long time, sources added.

An official who is also the member of the union said, “The senior members of the union do not take everyone along while taking decisions due to which it was not able to make an impact. Three members, including Rajeev Bhardwaj, Hartej Singh and superintendent Abdul Sattar decide everything and they do not even consult others.”

Meanwhile, denying all these facts, union chairman Hartej Singh, said, “There are no differences among the union members. The busy schedule did not allow the members to meet. But we have scheduled a meeting at Zone D office at 3pm on Tuesday."