Continuing their protest for the eleventh day for their demands, Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) employees union burnt an effigy of the state government in front of the district court on Friday.
Raising slogans against the government, the employees demanded regularisation of their jobs and hike in their salaries. Employees also demanded their pay which had not been given to them for the past seven months and urged the abolishment of 6% contingency system.
The employees said they had been working for the MGNREGA project from 2008 on minimal salaries and government had not regularised their jobs so far. They said the government had also stopped giving them salaries.
Kuldeep Singh, president of the union, said that more than 1,500 workers were employed under the MGNREGA scheme and the government had not regularised the jobs of these workers.
"We have submitted a memorandum several times to the deputy commissioner but no action has been taken. If they still don't listen to our demands after this protest, we will intensify our protest at the state level," he said.