Already struggling on the cleanliness front, situation is set to worsen as ‘safai sewaks’ of the Amritsar Municipal Corporation went on strike on Monday.
The safai workers didn’t lift garbage from dumps and elsewhere on Monday. If the strike continues, the heaps of garbage will swell in size and give the residents tough times as roadside garbage collection points are already emanating foul smell.
Starting the day with protests, the municipal corporation workers raised slogans against the government and also targeted Union finance minister Arun Jaitley. The protesters said they wouldn’t join work till their demands were met.
President of the Saanjhi Sangharsh Vinod Kumar Bitta slammed Jaitley for not including ‘safai sewaks’ in the list of revised pay commission.
The protesters demanded that 346 vacant posts should be filled immediately and services of 195 workers with the sewerage department of the MC be regularised.
Earlier in the day, after staging a protest on the premises of municipal corporation, the safai workers walked through the corridors, urging other employees to support them and join the strike. Soon, other employees also joined the protesters and working came to a standstill. Even the public-dealing wings, including the one that issues birth and death certificates, remained closed.
The agitating workers said that they would not lift garbage till their demands were met. They said an ultimatum had been given to the municipal corporation to meet their demands, but as the civic body failed to address their issues, going on strike was the only option left with them.
By the evening, garbage bins and roadside dumps across the city were brimming with filth.