Contractual staff march with ‘Mukh Mantri Milao, Inaam Pao’ banners in Jalandhar

The committee has announced to give three ‘prizes’ to those, who succeed in arranging their meeting with the chief minister Amarinder Singh.

punjab Updated: Feb 18, 2018 12:00 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
Punjab news,Contractual staff,Amarinder Singh
Contractual employees holding a protest rally in Jalandhar on Saturday(HT Photo)

As the contractual government employees have failed to hold a meeting with chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh despite repeated requests over the past nine months, they launched a ‘Mukh Mantri Milao, Inaam Pao’ protest under the banner of the Contractual Workers Action Committee, Punjab, on Saturday and held a protest march in Jalandhar.

As many as 200 contractual employees carried out the march from the Desh Bhagat Yaadgar Hall and passed through Jyoti Chowk, Company Bagh, Shashti Market and adjoining areas. Protestors also distributed pamphlets among the people. The protesters also handed over a memorandum of their demands to tehsildar Gurpreet Singh.

The committee has announced to give three ‘prizes’ to those, who succeed in arranging their meeting with the chief minister.

Committee secretary Ashish Julaha said that they have three different prizes for those who help them in meeting state chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief Sunil Jhakhar, and Congress party president Rahul Gandhi.

“If anyone succeeds in arranging our meeting with the CM, our 21 employees will do labour work at his place for 21 days. In case of Sunil Jhakar, 11 employees will do labour work at his home for 11 days. If someone fixes our meeting with Rahul Gandhi, 51 employees will jointly give their one-day salary to that person,” said Ashish Julaha.

The contractual employees will carry out such rallies in Bhatinda, Gurdaspur and Mohali.

Ashish said that in case their protest did not yield the expected results or that the government fails to address their concerns, they will start a hunger strike in Sector 17, Chandigarh, five days ahead of the budget session of the Punjab assembly scheduled for the next month.

The contractual workers have been demanding regularisation for the past one year. The Congress had promised to regularise them and reinstate the suvidha centre employees during the assembly elections. The protesters were also carrying the manifesto of the Congress in which they had made the promise.

First Published: Feb 18, 2018 11:57 IST