Punjab government drivers go on indefinite strike
The drivers’ welfare association of the civil secretariat and mini-secretariat went on an indefinite statewide strike on Friday after the Punjab government cancelled its scheduled meeting with agitating drivers.punjab Updated: Feb 20, 2016 10:25 IST
The drivers’ welfare association of the civil secretariat and mini-secretariat went on an indefinite statewide strike on Friday after the Punjab government cancelled its scheduled meeting with agitating drivers.
In an attempt to persuade the protesters to call off their stir, the government had on Wednesday announced that chief secretary Sarvesh Kaushal would meet the drivers on Friday. However, the government decided to act tough after the association went on a two-day strike from Thursday even on being officially informed on Wednesday night about Friday’s meeting.
The drivers are seeking the removal of pay anomalies, besides benefits such as travel and risk allowance, promotion and insurance cover.
On Friday, they raised slogans while gheraoing the chief secretary’s official vehicle in the parking area of the secretariat. Security officials had to intervene after the drivers insisted that they would not let the chief secretary use the vehicle. Also, they took into possession the vehicle of SK Sandhu, principal secretary to the CM.
“The drivers are free to hold a protest as it is their democratic right. But they resorted to undemocratic means by snatching the car keys of some senior officers,” a government functionary said.
Among the protesting drivers, 76 are under the general administration department (GAD), while 16 report to the financial commissioner, revenue.