Now, Delhi Secretariat employees to protest against Arvind Kejriwal govt

By Ritesh K Srivastava | Last Updated: Friday, January 24, 2014 - 14:57

Zee Media Bureau/Ritesh K Srivastava

New Delhi: More trouble seems to be in store for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government led by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal as the employees of Delhi Secretariat have now threatened to hold protest against the state government if their demands are not met.

Reports on Friday said that the Delhi Secretariat employees, who have sought time to meet the Chief Minister thrice in the recent past but failed to meet him, have warned that they will go on an indefinite protest against the state government if the Chief Minister pays no heed to their concerns.

The Delhi Secretariat employees want urgent implementation of the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission, regularisation of their job contracts and all pending dues to be cleared at the earliest.
If their demands are not met, they will go on an indefinite protest from February 11, the Secretariat employees have warned.

Speaking to the Zee Media, Secretariat employees claimed that despite their repeated request, the Chief Minister has not bothered to meet them as yet.

Earlier on January 16, hundreds of contractual workers had protested outside the Delhi Secretariat.

The workers, posted in various departments of the Delhi government, have been working as teachers, nurses, paramedical staff etc for the past many years.
Shouting slogans like "Aam Aadmi Yahan hai, Arvind Kejriwal kahan hai" (Common people are here, where is Arvind Kejriwal), the workers refused to budge from the secretariat, saying the AAP government too has only been making promises but not keeping them.

"We had met the Chief Minister earlier and he had assured us that we will be made permanent. But so many days have passed but not a single step has been taken,” one of the contractual workers said.

The warning from the Delhi Secretariat workers comes on a day when the Supreme Court issued a notice to the Delhi government and the Centre in connection with Kejriwal`s street protest outside Rail Bhavan, which witnessed a violent scuffle between police and the agitators and left at least 31 people injured.

The apex court has asked both to file their replies in six weeks.

The Kejriwal government has come under attack for defending Law Minister Somnath Bharti, who recently ordered a midnight raid on a house of a Ugandan woman over suspicion that a prostitution racket was being run from there.



First Published: Friday, January 24, 2014 - 14:38

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