Members of Karnataka State Gram Panchayat Employees Association, led by Maruti Manpade, CPI (M) leader, staged a protest in front of the office of the Zilla Panchayat demanding, among others, the implementation of recommendations of the committee headed by Additional Secretary M.S. Swamy.
Addressing the protesters here on Monday, Mr. Manpade said that the committee has recommended creation of additional posts in gram panchayats as per population figures. These posts should be created for the effective functioning of the panchayats.
He said that the State government should bring in changes to the circular issued in June and continue the services of sweepers, who are illiterate and who do not have birth certificate. The government should continue the services of these sweepers by accepting the age proof given by doctors following medical examination. The association will take the responsibility of making these sweepers literate, he said.
Mr. Manpade said that bill collectors who have passed Class 10 and have served the panchayat for 10 years and more should be promoted. The gram panchayat employees should get pension, gratuity and other statutory benefits. The State government should act on the six main demands of the employees at the earliest. “If the government fails to act, we will hold a protest on September 15,” he said.
Association’s Mangaluru unit president K. Yadava Shetty and other office-bearers took part in the protest.
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