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Govt. to consider daily wage workers' demand

GULBARGA, MARCH 24. The Chief Minister, N. Dharam Singh, on Thursday promised the striking Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe daily wage workers working in government and semi-government departments in the State that he would convene a meeting of senior officials next month to discuss their demand to regularise the services of more than 17,070 daily wage workers.

Mr. Dharam Singh, who met the daily wage workers who are on hunger strike, told them that he cannot respond to their plea now as the Assembly was in session. He would discuss the issue with senior officials and the representatives of the daily wage workers after the session and find a solution to their problem.

Appealing to the striking workers to withdraw their hunger strike, Mr. Dharam Singh said the Government would consider their demand sympathetically.

Memorandum

Earlier, the honorary president of the association, Chandrasekhar Hiremath, who met Mr. Dharam Singh at the helipad, submitted a memorandum to him urging him to intervene in the matter and find an amicable solution immediately.

Initially, Mr. Dharam Singh said he might not be able to meet the daily wage workers on hunger strike but later yielded to the appeal by Mr. Hiremath and other office-bearers of the association.

Put off

Responding to the request made by the Chief Minister, Mr. Hiremath said the daily wage workers had put off their plan to set themselves on fire which was scheduled for Friday.

However, the workers would continue their hunger strike and dharna in front of the Deputy Commissioner's office till their demands are met. Before this, the district administration convened a meeting of the daily wage workers and appealed to them to give up their threat.

The Deputy Commissioner, Anjum Parvez, and the Superintendent of Police, K. Ramachandra Rao, told the representatives of the workers that their demands would be placed before the Government and the district administration would try to convince the Government to consider their demands positively.

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