More than 1,200 employees of Mineral Area Development Authority (Mada) will go on an indefinite strike from Friday in protest against the delay in merging the civic body with Dhanbad Municipal Corporation.
The decision was taken after the hour-long talks between the employees under the banner of Pradhikar Karmachari Sangharsh Samanvaya Samiti and Mada administration led by MD S.N. Upadhyay failed to yield any result on Thursday. The agitation is likely to hit more than 15 lakh people as water supply to Jharia, Katras and other colliery areas will be disrupted.
“We had given time to Mada authorities to fulfil our demands. We can’t trust them anymore as their earlier assurances proved to be untrue. We will revoke the strike plan only if an assurance on the merger comes from urban development department minister Suresh Paswan, secretary Ajay Kumar and chief secretary R.S. Sharma,” said Shyam Narayan Dubey, general secretary of the samiti.
Besides immediate merger with the municipal corporation, the employees are pressing for payment of long-pending benefits under the accelerated career progression scheme, implementation of 6th pay panel recommendations and dearness allowance.
“The next meeting of the high-powered committee led by development commissioner-cum-chief secretary to decide the nitty-gritties of the merger is scheduled on November 29. A lot of issues will become clear at the meeting, but the employees refused to give us more time,” MD Upadhyay said.
He added that they were exploring other options to provide water to people during the strike.