Indefinite strike of sanitation staff continues
THE INDEFINITE strike by sanitation employees of the Varanasi Nagar Nigam, under the banner of the Uttar Pradeshiya Safai Mazdoor Parishad, entered its second consecutive day on Tuesday. The agitated workers have been demanding immediate disbursement of their bonus.india Updated: Jan 11, 2006 00:34 IST
THE INDEFINITE strike by sanitation employees of the Varanasi Nagar Nigam, under the banner of the Uttar Pradeshiya Safai Mazdoor Parishad, entered its second consecutive day on Tuesday.
The agitated workers have been demanding immediate disbursement of their bonus.
Sanitation work was partially affected in Varanasi due to the strike. Garbage dumps have been lying around on the ghats, Lanka, Lahurabeer, Godaulia, Sigra and Mahmoorganj areas.
It is apprehended that the strike could have an adverse impact on Muslim-dominated areas, including Jaitpura, Sonarpura, Lalapura, Dalmandi and Nai Sarak, in view of Eid-ul-Azha.
Sanitation workers took out a procession from Chittranjan Park, which concluded at the VNN office.
They also staged a massive demonstration outside the VNN premises in Sigra area protesting against the alleged indifference of the Nagar Nigam authorities regarding their interests.
They warned that the agitation would continue till their demands were met.
Safai Mazdoor Parishad president Naresh Chandra Premy said the VNN authorities had promised to distribute one year’s bonus in November, but in vain. “The reluctant attitude of the VNN administration forced the sanitation workers to go on an indefinite strike,” he said.
Co-ordinator of the Safai Mazdoor Parishad Suresh Bharti, Santosh Bharti, Moti Lal, Chedi Lal and Karn Das also criticised the VNN administration for not fulfilling the demands of the sanitation workers.
It may be mentioned that another group of sanitation workers, under the banner of the Nagar Nigam Safai Karamchari Union, were not participating in the agitation of the Safai Mazdoor Parishad.
City commissioner RB Singh said the VNN administration had made alternative arrangements for cleanliness in Muslim dominated localities, in view of Eid-ul-Azha on Wednesday.
He said the indefinite strike of sanitation workers was unconstitutional according to the rules and regulations. At present, VNN was not in a condition to sanction the bonus of sanitation employees, he added.