Gram panchayat (GP) workers took out a protest march from Town Hall Circle to the zilla panchayat office and began an indefinite dharna in front of the zilla panchayat office here on Monday demanding implementation of minimum wages and action against those gram panchayat secretaries who fail to implement minimum wages.

The protesters demanded confirmation of jobs to workers who were appointed before 2008, and to release their pending salaries.

There are 321 GPs in the district and more than 3,000 workers.

District general secretary N.K. Subramanya urged the government to confirm the posts of employees who had been working for the past 15 to 20 years in the GPs.

He demanded that the salaries be disbursed by the fifth of every month and a separate account be opened for depositing salaries. A seniority list must be made and must be given to workers every year and that a service register must be opened. District president of the Karnataka Rajya Gram Panchayat Naukarara Sangha Ramachandra Sharma; treasurer Ramachandra Sharma; district secretary,CITU, Ranganath; leaders Naushad Sehgun, Manjulamma, Prasanna, Basavalingappa, Ravikumar, Shivakumar, Ramesh, Narasimhamurthy, and others were present.

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