Ahead of the Assembly elections in Punjab, many employees from various departments have said that they will vote against the BJP and the Congress, and will boycott them in the next Assembly elections.
The news: Furious over the false promises by these political parties, union leaders said that the employees have been duped by Congress, who made false promises and seemed to listen to their demands.
- The unions also blamed the BJP for the deaths of 700 farmers during the farmers’ protest, and said they would encourage voters to vote for candidates from other political parties rather than the BJP and the Congress.
- Employee unions led by the Punjab and UT Employees and Pensioners’ Morcha and the Democratic Teachers’ Front, will hold a flag march outside Manpreet Badal’s Bathinda residence on February 11 and outside Chief Minister Charanjit Channi’s Chamkaur Sahib residence on February 16.
- Employees are angry because several election promises have not been fulfilled, including the regularisation of over 36,000 contractual employees in the state, teaching and non-teaching staff under the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan since 2005, and the suspension of headmaster and principal promotions since 2018.
Other demands that were never heard included the suspension of Class IV employee recruitment in the regular category since 1990, as well as the release of benefits under the 6th and 7th Pay Commissions.