New Delhi: The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has hit rough waters with its employees resorting to protests once again. The protesting non-executive level employees of the corporation have now begun a hunger strike as they claim their demands for salary restructuring are going unheard by the Delhi Metro administration.
Over 5,000 employees which mainly include technicians, senior technicians and head technicians are taking turns to protest at Jantar Mantar and the various metro depots. They, however, have assured that metro services won’t be hit till th.
The demand letter, a copy of which is with The Hindu, states that the salaries of technicians be revised from Rs. 8,000 – 14,140 to Rs.10,170 – 18,500. For senior technicians, the pay-scale be hiked from Rs.10,170 – 18,500 to Rs. 14,000 – 26,950 and for head technicians from Rs. 14,000 – 26,950 to Rs. 16,000 – 30,770.
According to General Secretary, DMRC Employees Union, Kuldeep Maan, the employees are fearing that once the Seventh Pay Commission is implemented, their problems with the corporation would be quashed. “We have been victims of DMRC’s exploitation since 2007. Our protest has been on for long now but nothing has happened. On Novemebr 3, we decided to extend the protest to Jantar Mantar and Novemebr 5 onwards employees began their hunger strike,” he said.
To register his protest for the cause Kishan Chand went a step ahead and resigned from his membership of the DMRC Employees’ Council formulated by DMRC on its own interest. “So far, forty of the many employees on hunger strike have been hospitalised. If the administration does now blink an eye many more will be taken ill and then we won’t be responsible if metro operations are hit,” said another protesting member. The administration had called for a meeting once, but it bore no fruitful conclusions, he added.