The 11 kin of former employees of the erstwhile Punjab State Power Board, who had climbed a water tank near Hall Gate on April 3, on Sunday got support from local Congress leaders. The latter slammed the state government for ignoring the demands of protesters.
The protesters have been demanding jobs on compassionate grounds, but there is no end to the deadlock.
They had announced to come down only after they are promised employment by the Punjab State Power Corporation Ltd (PSPCL). District Congress committee chief Jugal Kishore Sharma and his supporters reached the spot and heard the problems of the protesters.
Along with the Congressmen, the protesters burnt an effigy of the state government. “This is really unfortunate that the protest is on for the past few days, but the government has failed to work out a solution,” Jugal Kishore Sharma said. “We feel that the protesters' demands are genuine and jobs must be granted to them.”
National SC/ST Commission vice-chairperson Raj Kumar Verka said, “We have assured the protesters that the matter will be taken up with the Congress high command to end the impasse.”
The protesters had been maintaining that their family members had died while serving in the erstwhile PSEB years back and they should be granted job.