Staff Correspondent

Government accused of discrimination

Chitradurga: Continuing the State-wide agitation, which entered the fifth day on Friday, over 24,000 employees of civic bodies have decided to launch two-day fast on Saturday and Sunday in front of houses of 224 MLAs of the State.

Addressing presspersons here on Friday, president of the Karnataka State Civic Employees’ Association G. S. Manjunath said that the association had to take this decision followings failure of talks with the government on meeting their demands.

He said that from Saturday, water supply services would be affected since the five-day deadline given to the Government to meet their demands ended on Friday.

Mr. Manjunath said that the Government was discriminating against the employees of the civic bodies. The association was demanding the inclusion of the present and retired CMC employees in Fifth Pay Commission, but the government included only the employees.

He said that around 11,850 Group D and bill collectors’ posts were vacant in the State. There were about 6,400 daily wage workers, of whom over 75 per cent had been serving since 10 years. The Government by following the High Court order, should regularise the services of all the workers who had served more 10 years, besides appointing new staff, he said. Mr. Manjunath said that only 16 districts had regularised the services of the workers.

Grievances

He accused the Government of being was reluctant in hearing their grievances and meting out step-motherly treatment to them.

“The civic bodies come under essential services, thus the government should ensure that the employees get justice to prevent any kind of public inconvenience which occurs when employees go on strike if the government fails to help them,” he said.

He made it clear that the association was not in favour of troubling people, but to make the government to heed their problems, it was essential resort to such steps.

State joint secretary L. Narayanachar, district president H. Mahantesh and secretary Wasim were present.

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