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Salary row pushes strike into third day

Employees of the 102 ambulance service in the district continued with their strike on Thursday claiming that they were not paid their three-month salaries as promised.

“Only a month’s salary has been credited to our account. The company (Dr Jain Video on Wheels Ltd) promised that it would provide at least three months’ salary,” said Bhupendra Ojha, a driver, He added: “Our salary receipts do not reflect whether provident fund has been deducted or not.”

Another employee, Pappu Kumar, said: “The firm promised that we would get our salaries within the first five days of every month but that has not happened. Rather we get salary once in three or four months.”

He added: “At the time of our joining, we were told by Delhi-based officials that we would get Rs 12,000 per month but we are paid between Rs 6,400 and Rs 7,400 per month.”

Vishal Singh, the firm’s chief operating officer, said: “We had promised to give them two months’ salary but we couldn’t do it today (Thursday). We were able to give only a months’ salary. The bank said there was some transaction problem but they promised to transfer the remaining to their accounts tomorrow (Friday).”

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