The strike by the garbage lifters has put the city under the shadow of a serious health disease in view of upcoming Monsoon season. The city has already witnessed pre monsoon showers.
The workers of Jindal Infrastructure Transportation and Fabrication (JITF), which is in agreement with five municipal councils in the district to collect and transport the garbage to the waste management plant in Bathinda, have been demanding their salaries from the company. Due to the non-payment of the salaries for the last few months, the workers have been on strike district-wide for the past more than 10 days.
JITF manager Rakesh Upadhayay said, “We have not received the payment from the local bodies and that is why the employees have gone on strike in Bhikhi, Mansa, Budhalada, Sardulgarh and Bareta. Though there was delay in payment, we have started clearing dues of our employees and very soon the issue will be resolved.’’
The municipal council also have their own sanitation workers, but they have also extended their support to the striking workers.
LOCAL TRADERS ALSO PROTEST
As the garbage lay open at almost every street, the local traders blocked one of the main streets entering into the market and put up posters ridiculing the state government for failing to develop Punjab on terms with California as promised by deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal.
“The main entry to the market was blocked today in order to remind the government how it failed to run a municipal council. We will close our shops if the garbage is not removed from the market,” said one of the traders.