Mysuru, October 2:- Mysuru, which has always been presenting itself as a clean city, is facing a serious threat. The union of associations of pourakarmikas has decided to stage an indefinite protest from tomorrow, criticising the state government failing to fulfill its promises. Karnataka state city councils, town municipal council pourakarmikas union president Narayana said that the pourakarmikas would be boycotting Dasara to press home their demands.
“Pourakarmikas will stop working from tomorrow. They will protest in front of Mysuru City Corporation (MCC). If our demands are not fulfilled, we will intensify our protests in the coming days,” he warned at a press meet at Mysuru press club on Tuesday.
“As per the decision of the state government, tender-based employment should be cancelled and all the institutions should pay the salaries directly. Though the amount of Rs 20 for breakfast was announced 3 years ago, it has not been implemented. It should be released immediately,” he said.
“The pourakarmikas who work on festivals and special occasions get a salary of 21 days. They should also get the salary for 30 days the way police get. Instead of one pourakarmika for 700 people, it should be one for every 500 people. School fee should be provided in the money collected for the education of the children of pourakarmikas,” he added.
“When Siddaramaiah was the chief minister, he had announced all these facilities but none of these has been fulfilled. During every Dasara, they assure us of fulfilling the promises but they don’t do it. This time we will not take back our protest. We will also block all the drainages during Jamboo Savari if our demands are not met,” he said.
Leaders N Mara, Nagaraj, Manchaiah, Srinivas, N Narasimha, Shivanna, N Raju, Kumaraswamy, Hanumantha and others were present. (MR/KMR).