Members of the Uttarakhand Lekhpal Sangh (ULS) continued their protest on the third day on Wednesday. Nearly 2000 employees boycotted work for two hours across the state which caused major inconvenience to the people visiting the Tehsil for various official works during the morning hours. ULS general secretary Radheshyam Painuly stated that the protest was to oppose cabinet sub-committee decision of determining 6 per cent quota for promotion to senior position like Nayab Tehsildar to Sangrah Amins (Bailiffs) which was supposed to be given to them. He further said that if this decision is not withdrawn or amended as per the current service rules then the ULS will boycott work fully after June 15.
Addressing the media on Wednesday Painuly said, “We already have very few chances of promotions in our position and in such condition giving 6 per cent quota to Sangrah Amin further lower our chances of promotion. We have talked to cabinet minister Yashpal Arya and he has assured to consider our demands. The Sangh has decided to keep the two-hour work boycott active till June 15. Each and every member of the association will not work for two hours from 10 AM to 12 PM. If our demands are not fulfilled by then we will undertake complete work boycott and stage protest.”
Adding more about the inconvenience faced by the people he said, “We boycott work for two hours. 11am is the time when usually public reach the office so they have to wait for about one hour only for us. Boycotting work for two hours is important for us so that officials fulfill our demands.”
Meanwhile, many people especially the elderly have been facing major inconvenience due to the two-hour work boycott. One such visitor Kiran, aged 70 years said, “The Tehsil office is on the fourth floor and it is very difficult to reach there taking the stairs especially for us. We reached there and came back empty-handed. The protest has been a major inconvenience for us. We asked the employees to help us but nothing was done to help us.”
Another visitor Rajkumari aged 72 years said, “I came here for verification as my widow pension has been stuck. I waited for nearly two hours but in vain.”