Pondy: Employees picket PWD office

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Puducherry, Oct 3: The administrative and technical staff of Public Works Department (PWD) today picketed the office of Chief Engineer Chandrapal Singh to protest against his failure to meet them and hear their grievances.

The employees alleged that 180 people who were appointed on compassionate grounds were working with the department as daily rated employees for the last four to seven years.

When they called on former Lt Governor recently and apprised him of their grievances, he informed them that they could be regularised after two years and issued an order to this effect, they said.

However, the PWD authorities failed to take action on the order and prepare a file in this regard, they charged.

When the employees sought an appointment with the Chief Engineer, Mr Chandrapal Singh, he reportedly turned down, provocating the employees to resort to picketing. Police, however, intervened and pacified them.


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