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Brokering peace:City Corporation Commissioner Manojkumar Jain holding discussions with
Brokering peace:City Corporation Commissioner Manojkumar Jain holding discussions with

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GULBARGA: The first attempt made by the district administration on Saturday to persuade S.K. Kanta to end his six-day fast failed with the former Minister and the agitating pourakarmikas rejecting the appeal.

Gulbarga Corporation Commissioner Manojkumar Jain, who called on Mr. Kanta and the pourakarmikas, said he had come as a representative of the district administration to express the Government's concern over the leader's health. He said they were keen on finding a solution to the problem.

Mr. Jain said the city corporation was ready to give the pourakarmikas their dues in accordance with the attendance register maintained by the sanitary inspectors. But the pourakarmikas would have to form self-help groups (SHGs) and perform their duties. “Their salaries will be paid through account payee cheques, through the SHGs,” he added.

Mr. Kanta and the pourakarmikas rejected the proposal, and said they would end their fast only if the demand for payment being directly made by the corporation was met. “We are not agreeable to the SHG proposal.

The city corporation, which is their primary employer, should take responsibility and pay them directly,” Mr. Kanta added.

He said that for the past 35 months, despite the pourakarmikas being directly under the control of the corporation, they had not being paid.

Tension prevailed for a while when the pourakarmikas, a majority of whom women, started shouting at the corporation commissioner for not visiting them before.

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