Jammu stinks as Municipal workers continue strike

Municipal employees raising slogans during protest at JMC complex on Friday.
Municipal employees raising slogans during protest at JMC complex on Friday.

*No litter lifted for second consecutive day

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, May 6: The Jammu city remained under the threat of health hazard as the Municipal workers continued their strike and the litter lifting remained halted for the second consecutive day.
Municipal workers under the banner of Civic Safai Karamchari Union (CSKU), Clerical Union (CU) and Drivers and Cleaners Union (DCU) continued their strike for the second consecutive day.
Rinku Gill, President Civic Safai Karamchari Union (CSKU), Ranjit Singh, President, Drivers and Cleaners Union and Rohit George, President, Clerical Union stated that JMU authorities and Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh failed to redress their demands, which forced them to resume their strike.
“We met Municipal Commissioner various times and submitted the charter of demands but no positive action was taken by JMC administration”, Rohit George said while addressing the protesting Municipal employees at JMC complex.
He said that they will continue their protest till their demand is redressed and for any health hazard, the JMC authorities will be responsible.
Rinku Gill demanded re-organization of the JMC, scrapping of NGO system in JMC, deployment of Municipal employees in wards instead of parking lots, regularization of contractual drivers and issuance of DPC promotion orders of municipal employees of various cadres.
As the JMC workers continued their strike, entire Jammu city remained under the threat of break-out of health hazard because the garbage remained scattered everywhere including busy Jewel Chowk, Dogra Chowk, Residency Road, Indira Chowk, Parade, Satwari, Gandhi Nagar etc.
For the second consecutive day, there was no lifting of garbage dump from various areas of the Jammu city and the drains which are filled with garbage and filth also remained chocked in different areas with accumulated drainage water running on roadside adding to the insanitation.
However, a meeting of JMC Unions and Municipal Commissioner Mandeep Kour was held, during which Kaur assured to redress the issues of the protesting employees.
When contacted, Rinku Gill, President, CSKU said “We have not suspended or called-off our strike as the assurance to our demands by JMC Commissioner is verbal. Tomorrow if the JMC authorities gave written assurance to our demands, then we will call-off or suspend our strike”.

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