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Ministerial staff on pen-down strike

Raise slew of demands, say state govt responsible for inconvenience to public23 Jan 2018 | 1:19 AM

BATHINDA: Members of the Punjab State Ministerial (DC Office) Employees Union today began their two-day pen-down strike and stalled all work at the offices of the Deputy Commissioner, SDM and tehsil, thereby leaving the public at the receiving end.

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Nikhila Pant Dhawan

Tribune News Service

Bathinda, January 22

Members of the Punjab State Ministerial (DC Office) Employees Union today began their two-day pen-down strike and stalled all work at the offices of the Deputy Commissioner, SDM and tehsil, thereby leaving the public at the receiving end.

They also announced that they would intensify their stir in case their demands were not heeded by the state government.

The ministerial staff members had orgainsed gate rallies last week and made public their plan to observe the two-day strike.

Stalling all public work, the staff members sat on a dharna inside the District Administrative Complex and raised slogans against the government.

Addressing the protesters, union president Megh Singh Sidhu said it was a shame that successive governments had failed to heed their demands.

He said the Joint Action Committee had been constituted, which included employees from various government departments, and it would take up the demands of the employees.

Sidhu said it was not for the first time that the ministerial staff were observing a pen-down strike as the state government was not only cold shouldering their demands for long but also ignoring the inconvenience such strikes caused to the common man.

The protesters added that the state government itself was responsible for the inconvenience caused to the public because of such strikes in government offices.

They have been demanding that the state government must immediately transfer the arrears of various allowances to the accounts of the ministerial staff as these have already been delayed by 30 months; extending full pension benefits to those staff members who were recruited after 2004; complete implementation of the rules and proposals of the 6th Pay Commission; revival of allowances of the ministerial staff that have been stopped by the state government; releasing the installment of dearness allowance w.e.f January 1, 2016; rollback of the decision of the state government announced on January 15, 2015 pertaining to giving only basic pay and no allowance to all fresh recruits for the first two years of their service; upgrading of the posts of superintendents and circle superintendents in government departments.

Ministerial staff on pen-down strikeDC office employees sit on a dharna during a pen-down strike in Bathinda on Monday. Tribune photo: Pawan sharma
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Hit by car, balloon seller dies

23 Jan 2018 | 1:19 AM

BATHINDA: A speeding car today hit a balloon seller on the Amrik Singh road early in the morning, which led to his death.

Hit by rod, three residents looted in 24 hours

23 Jan 2018 | 1:19 AM

BATHINDA: Three back-to-back incidents of loot after hitting the victims with an iron rod have rocked the Udham Singh Nagar area of the city.

4 trains cancelled, others behind schedule

4 trains cancelled, others behind schedule

23 Jan 2018 | 1:19 AM

BATHINDA: Rail passengers travelling on the long routes trains are at the receiving end these days as a majority of trains are either rescheduled or running behind schedule by two to 12 hours.

Teachers barred from using mobiles in classes

23 Jan 2018 | 1:19 AM

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Kabaddi World Cup payment: Hoteliers to take legal recourse

23 Jan 2018 | 1:19 AM

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23 Jan 2018 | 1:19 AM

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Five held for selling banned Chinese string

23 Jan 2018 | 1:19 AM

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23 Jan 2018 | 1:19 AM

BATHINDA: The festival of Basant Panchami was celebrated with gaiety across the city with kites flying high in the sky on the occasion here today.

SSA teachers call for regularisation of services

23 Jan 2018 | 1:19 AM

BATHINDA: Teachers, recruited under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyaan (RMSA) more than a decade ago, have announced that they will stage a state-level protest against the Congress Government in case it fails to fulfil its promise to regularise their jobs.

Anganwari workers submit memo to DEO

23 Jan 2018 | 1:19 AM

BATHINDA: A delegation of the All Punjab Anganwari Mulazim Union today reached the District Education Office (DEO) and met Baljit Kumar and submitted a memorandum of their demands.

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23 Jan 2018 | 1:19 AM

BATHINDA: Many traffic lights are lying defunct in the city and the Mohali-based firm, which was given the maintenance contract of these lights by the Municipal Corporation Bathinda (MCB), is not working properly.

Four booked for looting tractor-trailer

23 Jan 2018 | 1:19 AM

BATHINDA: Four persons looted a tractor-trailer from Jagga Ram Tirath on Sunday kidnapping a driver.

Debt drove farmer to suicide

23 Jan 2018 | 1:19 AM

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Rs 52,500 stolen from bag

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Bathinda: Unidentified persons stole Rs 52,500 from a bag at Bhagta Bhai Ka when the customer came to the bank.

Warning to 151 schools to get water tested

22 Jan 2018 | 12:45 AM

BATHINDA:As many as 151 schools in the district have failed to conduct water sampling tests of drinking water despite repeated reminders.

Snippets

Man jumps in front of train

22 Jan 2018 | 12:45 AM

Bathinda: A resident on Sunday committed suicide on the Sirsa railway track by jumping in front of a train near Jodhpur-Jassi village.

Medical camp held

22 Jan 2018 | 12:45 AM

BATHINDA: A medical health check-up camp was organised at Bachpan Play School, Mata Jivi Nagar, here today.

Burglars target govt school, steal material worth Rs1 lakh

22 Jan 2018 | 12:45 AM

BATHINDA: Burglars targeted another government school and decamped with material worth more than Rs 1 lakh, including LED screens and computers.

Thermal staff seek public support for Jan 23 stir

Thermal staff seek public support for Jan 23 stir

22 Jan 2018 | 12:45 AM

BATHINDA: Contractual employees of the Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant (GNDTP) today took out a protest march in various areas of the city and raised slogans against the state government’s decision to shut down the plant.

Youth injured by Chinese string, gets 11 stitches

22 Jan 2018 | 12:45 AM

BATHINDA: The sale of banned Chinese string has been going on unabated in the city.

RoB set to ease traffic congestion

RoB set to ease traffic congestion

22 Jan 2018 | 12:48 AM

BATHINDA: The railway overbridge situated on the Bathinda-Dabwali road will open to the public in October. The construction work on the bridge that covers a distance of about 800m had started in October 2016. With its opening, commuters will get relief from traffic jams caused due to the passage of trains.

22 schools default on depositing computer fee

22 Jan 2018 | 12:45 AM

BATHINDA: As many as 22 schools in the district have not paid the computer fee of their students and are in the defaulter list from October to December quarter.

Three held with Chinese string

22 Jan 2018 | 12:45 AM

BATHINDA: The Civil Lines police today arrested two shopkeepers from Ganesha Basti on the charge of selling the banned Chinese string.

Eve-teasing incidents on the rise

22 Jan 2018 | 12:45 AM

BATHINDA: Incidents of eve-teasing, passing lewd comments and indecent gestures are on the rise in major areas of the city, including the Mall Road area and Ajit Road area.

Students face real-life threats during mock drill

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22 Jan 2018 | 12:45 AM

BATHINDA: A fire safety mock drill was conducted for students at St Xavier’s High School here today.

Admn holds anti-drug awareness rally

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22 Jan 2018 | 12:45 AM

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BATHINDA: Passengers at the city bus stand are facing problems in the absence of basic facilities.

Maintenance work of public toilets

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BATHINDA: The Vigilance unit of the Local Bodies Department had asked the civic body to conduct a probe into alleged irregularities in the maintenance work of public toilets and submit a report to it.

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21 Jan 2018 | 1:02 AM

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Basant Panchami celebrated

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Woman injured in road mishap dies

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Swachhta Survey

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