Staff Correspondent

They have launched an agitation

DAVANGERE: Employees of gram panchayats started their indefinite agitation at Harpanahalli on Thursday demanding that they be given a minimum wage of Rs. 6,000 a month.

Addressing the agitators, K.L. Bhat, president of the Davangere District Gram Panchayat Employees’ Union, said that over 40,000 people had been working in 5,628 gram panchayats in the State and they were being paid a paltry salary. As prices of all essential commodities including rice and oil had increased considerably, they had been put to a lot of hardship, he said.

S. Manjunath, president of the Taluk Gram Panchayath Employees’ Union, and H. Barama Gowda, secretary of the union, were among others who were present. The protesters said that they would continue their agitation till the Government announced that they would be given a minimum wage of Rs. 6,000 a month. They threatened to launch a fast if the Government failed to respond to their demand within a week.