Special Correspondent

GULBARGA: The indefinite fast by 73-year-old former Minister S.K. Kanta and 470-odd pourakarmikas of the Gulbarga City Corporation entered its fourth day here on Wednesday with support coming in from political parties and social organisations.

Mr. Kanta appeared pale and weak, and many people seemed concerned about his health. A team of doctors from the government hospital conducted various tests on him.

Speaking to presspersons, he rejected the offer of the Government asking pourakarmikas to register with self-help groups. “There is no question of the pourakarmikas registering with SHGs. They are employees of the city corporation and it is the responsibility of the corporation and the State Government to pay them,” he added.

He told the Deputy Commissioner of the corporation, Annigeri, and Gulbarga tahsildar Raja Patel, that the pourakarmikas were not employees of SHGs, and the city corporation could not leave them high and dry. The two officials later told Mr. Kanta that the State Government would be apprised of the matter again and a request made to release funds for payment of pending wages.