A bald protest in Mysore

Staff Correspondent

MYSORE: Around 50 gangmen employed Chamundeshwari Electricity Supply Corporation have shaved their heads in protest against the Government’s refusal to meet the demand for the regularisation of their services.

The gangmen, who had been staging an agitation to press for their demand for 20 days, got their heads shaved on the Town Hall premises here on Monday before proceeding to the Deputy Commissioner’s office in a procession.

On the way to the Deputy Commissioner’s office, the protesters formed a human chain at K.R. Circle.

Leader of the gangmen C. Puttamallaiah told reporters that 150 gangmen, who had been employed by the corporation in 2004-05, were being paid a monthly salary of Rs. 120 to Rs. 200 in gross violation of the Minimum Wages Act. “Our demand for increasing the salary and regularising our services has fallen on deaf ears,” he said.

Basic pay

Even as the services of the gangmen have not been regularised, the Government recruited ITI-trained personnel for the posts of gangman in the corporation January 2006 and regularised their services by increasing the basic pay from Rs 3,000 to Rs 7,300 recently.

In September 2007, the Government recruited 450 gangmen for three taluks in Hassan district and regularised their services. Even the services of gangmen recruited in 2003 had been regularised. “But the gangmen who had joined the corporation in 2004-05 have been ignored,” Mr. Puttamallaiah regretted.

In a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner, the gangmen urged the Government to regularise their services, besides fixing a pay scale in accordance with the Minimum Wages Act.

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