District adminstration workers refuse to call off strike
LUDHIANA: As the employees of the district administration continued to be on strike even on Monday, for the seventh day the residents continue to suffer. These employees who have been demanding releasing of their dearness allowance and also implementation of the pay commissions raised slogans and protested.
“I have to get my property registered and this is not being done because of the strike, and I have been left in the lurch. The buyer is ready and so am I but the employees of the district administration are on strike. My other works are being delayed because of this and I just hope that the things are sorted out and I can get my work done. There are many others who are suffering like me and they would also heave a sigh of relief,” said Harpreet Singh, a businessman from BRS Nagar. Manish Gupta, a resident of Tagore Nagar who had to get his marriage registered, said he has been waiting for almost a week but employees are on strike and his work was delayed.
“I don’t know why they keep going on strikes. This troubles people who need to get their important work sorted out,” he rued.
President of Deputy Commissioner’s office Employees Union, Ludhiana,
Rajesh Sharma, said that they are on an indefinite strike. Their main grievance is that they are understaffed and have a lot of pressure on them. “We are short of the staff in accordance to the 1995 norms regarding the staff strength and till date, there is a shortage of 45 to 50 people. It has been more than 20 years and population of the city has grown and so has the work pressure. Rai Kot and Payal sub-divisions were created in 1995 and there are not more than four employees in these sub-divisions,” said Sharma.
He added that the neighboring states like Haryana have got seventh pay commission but in Punjab even sixth pay commission has not been implemented and their arrears of dearness allowances are pending for almost three years. He said that they will remain on strike till the time government gives them some relief.