Sultanpur Lodhi: Safai sevaks on strike, roads littered with garbage

  • Parampreet Singh Narula, Hindustan Times, Sultanpur Lodhi (Kapurthala)
  • Updated: Oct 17, 2015 22:47 IST
As safai sevaks go on strike, garbage can be seen piling up on the streets of Sultanpur Lodhi. (HT Photo)

The holy town is struggling with garbage strewn on the streets since last week’s indefinite strike by safai sevaks is still on as they are demanding registration of a first information report (FIR) against the son of the municipal council’s (MC) vice-president for using derogatory language in conversing with class 4 employees.

As many as 50 safai sevaks are on an indefinite strike from October 6 for pressuring the authorities to register a FIR against Rajiv Dhir, son of MC vice-president Sunita Dhir for misbehaviour.

In a meeting of Municipal Employees Union Sultanpur Lodhi on October 5, the workers had decided to go on an indefinite strike till the police registered a FIR against Rajiv.

The strike is affecting cleanliness work of sewers and picking up garbage due to which the sanitary conditions in the entire town have worsened.

Heaps of garbage were seen lying on the roads, irking people, and may lead to proliferation of mosquitoes and flies, and breed diseases.

Commuters passing from near the mounds of litter have to cover their faces to resist the unbearable foul smell emanating from the garbage.

Kuldeep Singh, general secretary, MC employees union, alleged that on October 6, Dhir went to the MC premises and started abusing all the workers without any reason.

“Rajiv thinks that we are supporters of the Congress party as the MC president is from the Congress party. His mother is MC vice-president from the Shiromani Akali Dal but we have nothing to do with this and work without any bias towards any party,” he said.

He said the employees had handed over a complaint to the then-executive officer, Tajinder Singh, and also to the deputy superintendent of police (DSP), Sultanpur Lodhi, Piara Singh but nobody is listening to their complaint.

“We will not do any work till we get justice,” he added.

Navtej Singh Cheema, Sultanpur Lodhi MLA, said Rajiv’s mother belonging to a political party doesn’t allow him to use derogatory language in conversing with class 4 employees.

“The Congress party will join workers’ protest if the police fail to register a case against Rajiv and provide justice to the employees,” he said.

DSP Piara Singh said the sub-divisional officer and police station house officer had invited both the parties to listen to their versions and resolve the argument but MC employees failed to reach the venue while the other party was present.

“MC employees are not cooperating with the police and we can’t register a case on just a complaint,” he said.

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