Sewer men protest against MC Commissioner


AmritsarPosted at: May 31, 2017, 1:06 AM; last updated: May 31, 2017, 1:06 AM (IST)REGULAR JOBS

Sewer men raise slogans against the MC Commissioner in Amritsar on Tuesday. They stage a protest in favour of their demand for regularisation. Photo: Sunil Kumar

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, May 30

A large number of sewer men staged a protest against the Municipal Corporation Commissioner here today. They were demanding regularisation of 176 sewer men’s services who are working with the civic body.
The sewer men said the government had already issued a letter to regularise the jobs of sewer men and now, the MC should give them appointment letters.
The sewer men, along with other employees, under the leadership of Surinder Sharma, district president, District Indian National Trade Union Congress Council, Amritsar, today went to the civic body office to meet the MC Commissioner.
However, the MC Commissioner, Gurlovleen Singh Sidhu, was not present at his office. They raised slogans and demanded regularisation of their jobs.
Sharma said 176 sewer men had been working on a daily wage basis for more than one a decade and despite that, their services had not been regularised.
Now, the sewer men had been demanding appointment letters for regular jobs, he added.
Sanjay Khosla, a union member, said, “Sewer men have been working for the past 15 years in the city. The MC had regularised their jobs during a meeting of the House on November 5, 2016. The government had also issued a letter in this regard and gave its nod to regularise their jobs on December 30, 2016. The MC did not give appointment letters to the sewer men owing to the poll code of conduct.”
Harpal Singh, a sewer man, said, “We have been working with dedication for the past many years. Now, the MC should recognise our services. The government had already given its approval to regularise our jobs. We are demanding appointment letters of all 176 sewer men”.

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