Special Correspondent

TIRUPATI: eSeva services remained disrupted in Chittoor district for the fourth consecutive on Tuesday with the staff demanding immediate payment of their salaries and a reasonable pay hike. With leaders of all the political parties and their frontal organisations vying with each other in visiting the tent put up by the agitationists at the Municipal Corporation office here and expressing solidarity with them, the issue assumed political overtones. Besides district leaders of the CITU, AITUC and BJP, V. Balasubramanyam, MLC, owing allegiance to the Left parties, also visited the camp and expressed surprise over the government’s alleged indifference towards the problems of the eSeva employees who had been working for six years without any improvement in their working conditions.

The e-Employees Association, which is spearheading the agitation, in a statement said that the Joint Collector, Chittoor, had expressed in helplessness in the matter, as the district administration had no direct control over the private agency which was out-sourcing the staff and running the centres. Opposition leaders accused the Congress of ignoring its promise to end contract system.