Protesting against the state government for not fulfilling their demands, the members of United Front of Punjab observed a hunger strike for half a day at the Zila Parishad Complex on Thursday.
The members continued their protest and raised slogans against state government despite heavy rainfall.
The members, who are pharmacists and Class-4 employees at rural health centres or civil veterinary hospitals, are demanding to increase their salaries and regularisation of their jobs.
They observed the hunger strike from 8am to 2pm. These employees have been on strike since June 1 and have been staging protests daily at the Zila Parishad Complex.
Gurmeet Singh Kulewal, convener of Rural Health Pharmacist Action Committee, a part of United Front of Punjab, said, “We had a meeting with SK Sandhu, principal secretary to chief minister on Wednesday but they did not agree to comply with our demands. We have decided to sit on a hunger strike to mark our protests against the fake assurances of the state government."
The members added they have been working with very low salaries for the last seven years and the government has not regularised their jobs despite numerous promises.
Amandeep Singh, a pharmacist, rued, “The meeting with the officials remained futile and we have been going through a very tough time as the government is not listening to our voice. We know people are facing problems as we are on strike but we are helpless as the government has not fulfilled promises to increase our salaries and regularisation of jobs.”
The member will also observe a hunger strike on Friday.