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Mada protest over pay

As many as 100 employees of Mineral Area Development Authority (Mada) gheraoed the office of managing director S.N. Upadhyay on Monday, demanding immediate payment of arrears.

During the three-hour-long demonstration from 11am to 2pm, the employees also protested against delay in payment of Accelerated Career Progression Scheme benefits and dearness allowance. They also demanded implementation of the Sixth Pay Commission recommendations with effect from January 1, 2006.

At a meeting on November 28, Mada managing director Upadhyay had assured the employees that all arrears would be cleared by December-end. “We were compelled to adopt the protest path owing to lack of initiatives from Mada administration to fulfil its promises,” said Devendra Nath Dubey, member of newly formed outfit Mada Karmachari Panchayat Samiti.

Dubey added that Upadhyay had said payment of salaries would depend on realisation of revenues through collection of water tax. “He had promised that salaries would be paid before December 30 if water bills are collected by December 28,” he added.

When contacted, Upadhyay reiterated that payment of salaries would depend on collection of water tax. “We have no funds to pay the dues on our own,” he said.