The economic and statistical department employees, who are on contract, polished shoes as part of their protest against the state government outside finance minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa’s resident in Sangrur, on Friday.
Many employees of the department were on indefinite protest against the state government at Sangrur. The protest entered the third day on Saturday. The employees were on contract and were removed from their job after their contract got over. They had been demanding the government to increase the tenure of their contract or regularise their jobs before the last date of the contract, which was May 31.
Meanwhile, to protest against the government, the protesters polished shoes of the commuters and even collected donations to send them further to the chief minister’s office.
Union leader Karamjit Singh said on one had the state government was announcing to give jobs to over 1 lakh youths and on the other they were dismissing the already working employees.
He said this was injustice and would not be tolerated. He said if the government did not renew their contract then they would intensify their stir. “If any employee takes any extreme step then the Punjab government will be responsible for that,” they said.