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Strike raises stink

Heaps of garbage piled up at various places in the coal town on Wednesday as the indefinite strike of Dhanbad Municipal Corporation staff entered its second day.

Around 196 employees did not report for work on Wednesday also to mount pressure on the state government to fulfil its four major demands — implementation of Sixth Pay Commission’s recommendations, make contractual labourers permanent, jobs on compassionate ground and stop transfer of staff from one city to another.

Although a high-level standing committee meeting of the civic body was convened during the day, it failed to resolve the impasse.

Ganesh Diwan Verma, the secretary of Jharkhand Local Bodies Employees’ Federation under whose banner the workers are agitating, made it clear that the strike would not be lifted. “We have cancelled our strike on previous occasions. But this time, we have resolved to persist with it until the government accepts our demands,” Verma said.

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

A resident of Purana Bazar Mohammad Aslam alleged that despite knowing that the workers would go on strike the state government did nothing to prevent it.

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