Sanitation workers’ protest postponed till MLAs’ meet

Sanitation workers’ protest postponed till MLAs’ meet

Though the protest by safai karamcharis has been postponed till Sunday, the strike will be continued in the city. Malkiat singh

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, February 27

The union of safai karamcharis has postponed its protest till Sunday and further decision would be taken after holding a meeting with MLAs, but strike would be continued. Mayor Jagdish Raja along with MC Commissioner Diprava Lakra and Joint Commissioner and police officials held a meeting with safai karamcharis.

The MC at its own level has been trying to lift garbage from maximum places.

On Wednesday, the Mayor had accompanied some safai karamcharis to make sure that the garbage was lifted from Nakodar Chowk. In other areas too, since the past four days, MC councillors, along with the safai karamcharis, have been visiting to ensure lifting of the garbage. Machines were also being used to lift the garbage from dumps. Notably, the Mayor had made an appeal to residents to leave garbage from their homes to nearby dumping zones, from where the MC would pick it.

On Wednesday, Raja had also warned waste collectors who collect garbage from houses that they should not stop their work. He said they should continue their work in a routine manner.

Notably, these karamcharis are not on the MC roll, but the corporation has given them ID cards under the cleanliness mission. Hence, they have been asked to not to stop work else strict action would be taken against them. Residents have been suffering due to non-lifting of garbage from their houses.

Earlier in the day, councillor Gurwinder Singh Bunty gave a complaint to the Police Commissioner and alleged that one of the member of the safai karamcharis union had threatened him and action should be taken against him. However, Chandan Grewal, chairman of the union, refuted the allegation and said the union members were fighting for the rights of the safai karamcharis.

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