Protest demanding permanent employment for pourakarmikas

Mysuru, July 6:- Karnataka Dalita Sangharsha Samiti (Ambedkar wing) staged a protest in front of the deputy commissioner’s (DC) office here on Monday, urging the government to make pourakarmikas working in village panchayats as permanent employees.

“The plight of pourakarmikas in 6,220 village panchayats in the state has become miserable. No one is there to talk on their behalf. More than 6,000 pourakarmikas are working in village panchayats to keep the villages clean. Pourakarmikas have not received their pending salaries in Mysuru taluk. A retired pourakarmika of KR Nagar, Kanneswamy has not received his salary for 18 months. Pourakarmikas should be made permanent employees and vacant posts should be filled,” said the protesters.

“Pourakarmikas should be provided with government facilities based on their service period. Advanced machinery should be used for cleaning works. If any pourakarmika dies while on duty, a compensation of Rs 10 lakh should be given to their families and a family member should be given the job. If these demands are not fulfilled, we will intensify the protests,” he added.

Karya Basavanna, Doddasiddu Hadanuru, Somanna, Putta Lakshmamma, Vasantha and others were present. (MR/KS)

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