Flouting norms, union members protest without social distancing

Flouting norms, union members protest without social distancing

The Class Fourth Government Employees’ Union protests in Patiala on Thursday. Rajesh Sachar

Patiala, May 28

Protests are being held in the city flouting guidelines issued by the District Magistrate office in view of the Covid-19 pandemic. Members of Class Fourth Government Employees Union and PWD Field and Workshop Workers Union failed to ensure proper social distancing while protesting at the DC office today.

The PWD field and Workshop Workers Union raised the matter of providing jobs to families of workers, who had died. They were also demanding promotions of field workers, which were pending. Members of the Class Fourth Government Employees Union also held a protest at the district administration office today.

When contacted, SDM Chanranjit Singh said, “We have issued proper guidelines regarding preventive measures to be taken in view of the Covid-19 threat. Action can also be taken under Section 188, IPC, as the Pandemic Act has been enforced.”

“Members of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had also gathered in numbers during a protest, but we directed them not to do so. The people are advised to strictly abide by the rules as promulgated for their own safety,” the SDM added. — TNS

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