Special Correspondent

Village residents wanted to stage an indefinite dharna

They came to the venue with grain and other items to cook food during agitation

Taluk Panchayat Executive Officer convinced them that their wages will be paid by cheque

Bidar: Residents of several villages in the six gram panchayats in Humnabad taluk in Bidar district staged a protest demonstration in front of the taluk panchayat office here on Friday.

The protesters were demanding early settlement of wages for the work executed under the Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGREGA).

The people from Kallur, Kankata, Sonkera, Wotgi, Mugnoor, Dubalgundi and Chandanhalli went in a procession to the taluk panchayat office under the banner of the Krishi Cooliekarara Sangha, Janwadi Mahila Sanghatane, Karnataka Pranta Raita Sangha and the Communist Party of India (Marxist). The taluk panchayat office staff was taken by surprise when the village people reached the place carrying foodgrains, cooking oil and other items so that they can cook their food till their agitation is called off.

They threatened that they were on an indefinite dharna and they would not withdraw their agitation till their demands were met.

Some of them even started cooking on the premises of the taluk office complex.

However, the officials intervened to end the agitation.

The protesters later withdrew their agitation only after the Taluk Panchayat Executive Officer Shashikant Malli assured the protesters that their demands would be met.

He said that they would be paid by cheques for the works completed under the MGREGA.

The protest was led by Janwadi Mahila Sanghathane State president Neela K. and Ambubai Malge, R.P. Raja, Sanghsetty Patil and others.