Mysore, June 2 (HT&DM)- The Pourakarmikas of the City Corporation, who were on an indefinite hunger strike for the past nine days urging for the fulfilment of their demands, called off their strike yesterday.

Following an assurance given by the district administration on meeting their demands, the Pourakarmikas called off their strike and resumed their work this morning.

At a prolonged meeting at the DC's office yesterday, the Deputy Commissioner P. Manivannan, besides agreeing to meet five out of the nine demands, assured the Pourakarmikas of implementing the four remaining demands after holding discussions with the government, following which the Pourakarmika Association Honorary President and former Mayor Narayana announced the withdrawal of strike.

Narayana, while making the announcement, also said a Pourakarmika delegation would meet the District in-charge Minister S. Suresh Kumar at Bangalore today (June 2) and present a memorandum to him, for meeting their remaining four demands, which were to be discussed at the government level.

The meeting held at the DC's office was attended by Mayor Sandesh Swamy, Corporation Commissioner K.S. Raikar and other officials.

The demands which were agreed to be met included daily wages of Rs. 150 for contract Pourakarmikas and Rs. 1,500 allowance for permanent Pourakarmikas, daily wages of Rs. 200 to UGD Pourakarmikas, allotment of site to shelterless Pourakarmikas, free education upto PUC for Pourakarmika children and bringing Pourakarmikas under group insurance scheme.

The demands that would be recommended to the government included regularisation of services of contract Pourakarmikas, payment of equal wages for equal work, filling up of vacant Pourakarmika posts and bringing Pourakarmikas under Yashaswini Health Scheme.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore