DERA GHAZI KHAN: A large number of municipal corporation employees staged a protest demonstration over non-payment of salaries in Dera Ghazi Khan on Monday.
The protesters were holding banners and placards inscribed with their demands and shouted slogans against the government over delay in the payment of salaries.
The protesters included a large number of sweepers and water supply staff. Mohammad Sadiq, one of the protesters, said, “We are not paid salaries for the last four months.”
Similarly, a sweeper Haq Nawaz said employees were facing difficulties due to non-payment of salaries. “Our only source of income is the salary we earn by sweeping roads and drains.
We are facing financial crisis due to non-payment of salaries,” he maintained.
Another protester Mohammad Hussain said, “I have been taking on debt to fulfill my household expenses. But now the people who gave the loans are demanding their money back.” He maintained, “The government should pay heed to our problems and resolve the matter as soon as possible.”
Hussain pointed out We have written several applications to the municipal corporation but to no avail. Protest was the only option that we had, he added.
Meanwhile, the protesters threatened to quit work if their salaries were not paid. They urged the government to pay the outstanding salaries at the earliest.
Earlier, the employees of Tehsil Municipal Administration staged a protest demonstration against non-payment of salaries.
The TMA workers gathered in front of the Bank of Punjab and blocked the main road for vehicular traffic. The protesters were carrying banners inscribed with slogans in favour of their demands.
On the occasion, the protesters told journalists that the TMA higher officials had made it a habit to delay the salaries of the workers and lower staff.
They said the employees were never paid on time and instead their salaries were delayed for two to three months.
They maintained it had become difficult for them to make ends meet that had affected their routine life.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 21st, 2017.