Employees of Mineral Area Development Authority (Mada) have decided to knock on the doors of President Pranab Mukherjee in protest against the delay in merger of the civic body with Dhanbad Municipal Corporation, which has, in turn, held up their salaries for months.
A signature campaign, which had been launched under the aegis of Mada Sanyukta Karmachari Sangharsh Samiti on December 16 last year, has already obtained signs of around 1,100 of the total 1,800 employees in Topchanchi, Jamadoba, Jharia, Tetulmari, Chirkunda, Nirsa, Govindpur, Tundi, Gomoh, Chankuian, Baliapur and Bhagatdih. The remaining areas will be covered in the coming days.
"The campaign is in its last stage. We will leave for Delhi to meet the President either on January 22 or 28 and will apprise him of our plight. We have not been paid salaries for more than 15 months," said president of Mada Sanyukta Karmachari Sangharsh Samiti Rampravesh Sharma.
He added that they would urge the President to direct the Jharkhand government to clear all outstanding dues, pending uniform allowance and retirement benefits besides implementing the salary hike before executing the merger. "We will meet Governor Syed Ahmed before leaving for Delhi if the President's Rule is imposed in Jharkhand by then," Sharma said.
As decided earlier, the employees will launch a strike from February 9 after informing the Chief Justice of Jharkhand High Court through a letter.