Haridwar, October 30
Employees of the Uttar Pradesh Irrigation Department working in Uttarakhand have launched an indefinite strike in support of their demands. Under the aegis of the Joint Irrigation Employees’ Association-Uttar Pradesh Union, they sat on a dharna at the UP Irrigation Department Office, Mayapur, here today.

Their demands included the removal of pay anomalies, clearance of arrears, travel allowance and the allocation of houses to employees on a seniority basis.
The agitating employees said they had been forced to launch the agitation as despite several meetings with top officials of the department, nothing had been done to fulfil their demands.
State chief of the association Bani Singh said they were being meted out step-motherly treatment by the UP Irrigation Department.
“Despite a number of houses vacant in the department's residential colony, several families are living in rented accommodation,” said Bani Singh.
General secretary of the association OP Sharma said last month, the Executive Engineer, Ganga canal, Roorkee, had given them an assurance with regard to looking into their demands. However, even after a month, no action had been taken so far.
On the other hand, SDO, UP Irrigation Department, Veer Virendra Singh Yadav said he was looking into the matter and had also taken up the issue with higher officials, so that it could be solved at the earliest as the strike was affecting the ongoing Ganga canal cleaning and maintenance work.

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