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Strike hits civic services

Around 196 employees of Dhanbad Municipal Corporation, including workers from Sindri, Jharia, Chatatand and Katras, went on an indefinite strike from Tuesday to mount pressure on the state to fulfil their demands.

Due to the sudden strike, cleanliness drive came to a halt and so did collection of holding tax, issuance of birth and death certificates among other civic works.

The agitating staff under the banner of Jharkhand Local Bodies Employees’ Federation assembled outside the corporation office in Dhanbad in the morning and raised slogans against the government.

Federation secretary Ganesh Diwan Verma said that they would not call off their agitation unless their demands — implementation of Sixth Pay Commission’s recommendations, regularisation of jobs of contractual labourers, jobs on compassionate ground and withdrawal of transfer of staff from one city to another — were met.

“We had submitted a memorandum to urban development secretary Ajay Kumar in October 2013. But nothing happened. We then shot off letters to the chief minister but all our pleas fell on deaf ears,” Verma said.

Verma added that they had no other option but to stop work.

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