protest by sanitation workers

Now, Mayor, councillors meet PPCC chief Jakhar

Latter says policy will be formed after talking to higher-ups

Now, Mayor, councillors meet PPCC chief Jakhar

Mayor Jagdish Raja reached Nakodar with safai karamcharis to get garbage lifted from a road on Wednesday. Tribune photo

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, February 26

PPCC chief Sunil Jakhar today held a meeting with Mayor Jagdish Raja, councillors and MLAs over the ongoing protest by safai karamcharis. As per information, Jakhar said a policy would be formulated over the issue after talking to the higher authorities.

As per sources present in the meeting, Jakhar asked the councillors and MLAs on what could be the possible solution to resolve the issue, to which the Mayor said if the government gives a go-ahead, the safai karamcharis would be hired on a regular basis.

“Our prime importance is that the work should not get affected,” the Mayor said.

Jakhar asked if safai karamcharis continue to hold strike, would the House consider putting hold the agenda to recruit 160 sewermen that has been passed, to which everyone including councillors said it won’t be possible as the work would get affected in the city and there was a dire need of sewermen in the city.

Sources said Jakhar said he would talk to Local Bodies Minister Brahm Mohindra on the matter.

Mayor gets garbage lifted by workers

Since, some safai karamcharis were still working, the Mayor today accompanied some of the workers to make sure that the garbage was being lifted on the Nakodar road. In the morning, he accompanied the area councillor and other MC officials and ensured that proper work was being done. Notably, the MC on its own level has been trying that the process of garbage lifting doesn’t get stopped and the work continues properly. It was the third day of strike today and the MC on its own level is making sure that enough garbage gets lifted from various wards of the city.

MLA Beri’s effigy burnt

Today, the Safai Karamchari Union burnt the effigy of MLA Rajinder Beri and protested outside his house. Earlier in the day, scores of safai karamcharis also held a dharna on the MC premises. They also held a protest against the Mayor on Tuesday.

Mayor warns officials to not leave work in garb of protest

While safai karamcharis were holding a strike, the Mayor found out that even branch officials had left the works and some offices were found locked. Later, the Mayor called for action against those who were found absent from their duties.

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