NAUNDERO: On the call of All Sindh Irrigation Trade Unions Federation, Sindh, hundreds of irrigation department employees held a protest demonstration and staged a sit-in while wearing winding sheets and chanted slogans in front of Bhutto mausoleum in Garhi Khuda Bux near here on Monday for acceptance of their demands.
They announced that if the government failed to accept their demands they will hold a long march from Ghotki on November 25 and stage sit-in in front of Chief Minister House. Their demands include, death quota, son quota, time scale to 30,000 employees of the department, regularization of 10,000 daily wagers, non-payment of salaries to RBOD & LBOD contingency employees and illegal occupation of irrigation lands, plots and buildings of irrigation department by influential persons which may be got vacated forthwith. Employees from all districts of the province including Hyderabad, Thatta, Badin, Sanghar, Dadu, Sukkur, Nawabshah, Ghotki, Larkana, Jacobabad, Khairpur and others.
They arrived separately and gathered at the final resting place of Bhutto leaders. Then they jointly held protest demo and staged sit-in in front of the mausoleum. They were led by their provincial chief Abdul Rahim Bharo, Iqbal Larik, Khair Muhammad Mari and others. They were holding red flags in their hands & were chanting slogans against the Sindh Government for its utter failure in accepting their just demands. Rahim Bharo & others while addressing them said that martyred Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto & Benazir Bhutto gave rights to the labourers but their successors have turned blind eye to this neglected class and have stabbed them in the back.
They said that thirty thousand irrigation employees are demanding time scale since long but it has been denied to them and simultaneously 10,000 daily wager have not yet been regularized, their residential colonies have been forcibly occupied by outsiders but the government is keeping constantly mum which is astonishing for them. They said that they have come to lodge a complaint at the Bhutto leaders graves against their party’s rulers while wearing shrouds.
They warned that if their demands are not accepted they will hold a long march which will start from Kamoo Shaheed (Ghotki) from November 25, 2015 and they will stage a massive sit-in in front of Sindh Chief Minister House which will continue till their demands are accepted. Provincial General Secretary, Iqbal Larik, said that their employees worked tirelessly during 2010 super flood in Sindh & worked day & night to strengthen weak embankments but their right are being usurped now. They demanded immediate acceptance of their demands.