Suvidha Centres' staff to go on indefinite strike from today
From Monday onwards, people might find hard to avail more than 50 services, being provided by the state government through suvidha centres, as the employees deployed in all centres of the state have decided to go on indefinite strike.They are demanding regularisation of their services.punjab Updated: Dec 16, 2013 00:11 IST
From Monday onwards, people might find hard to avail more than 50 services, being provided by the state government through suvidha centres, as the employees deployed in all centres of the state have decided to go on indefinite strike.They are demanding regularisation of their services.
More than 1100 suvidha centres employees are working in the state.They are employed by the Sukhmani Societies for Citizen Services, a district-level body that works under the overall umbrella framework of Punjab State E-Governance Society (PSEGS).
The Suvidha Centres had been the backbone of government's functioning as many of the services are being provided by them. The enrolment of Aadhar cards, registration and verification of atta-daal scheme forms are the latest additions to the services list.
"Despite several requests submitted by us to the CM, Deputy CM and several ministers no step has been taken by the government to resolve our genuine demands. So we have decided to go on indefinite strike from Monday onwards," said Om Parkash Rana, state president of Punjab State Suvidha Employees Union.
"From Monday onwards, the staff members of Suvidha, including district system administrators, computer operators and supervisory staff will sit on a peaceful dharna outside the office of the Information Technology Department in Chandigarh," he added.
On November 9, more than 500 members of the union held a state-level convention at Desh Bhagat Yaadgar Hall and gave an ultimatum to the government for an indefinite strike from December 16.
"No one from the state government had tried to approach us to resolve our grievances. Our employees are receiving lesser wages than other employees for the last several years, making it difficult for them to meet their daily expenses. We are handling all the services of the state government and we are over-burdened. Atta-dal scheme verification is the latest work added to our schedule," he said ruing that, "the government had conceptualised a plan to regularise the staffs working at fard kendars who are providing just one service, while we are providing over 50 services and are being ignored for the last 10 years. The government should regularise our jobs."
Minister of Information Technology Adesh Partap Singh Kairon was not available for the comments. Deputy Commissioner Jalandhar Varun Roozam, when contacted said:"The services during the strike would be provided by the departments concerned at their respective centres till the employees call-off their strike."
First Published: Dec 16, 2013 00:09 IST