KARACHI, Jan 11: Dozens of irrigation department employees called off their protest outside the Karachi Press Club on Jan 10 after Sindh information minister Syed Nasir Hussian Shah assured them that their case would be put before the chief minister.
They demanded time-scale as given to the employees of the education and health departments and son quota facility to their families.
A large number of workers on the call of the All Sindh Irrigation Trade Unions Federation (ASITUF) gathered outside the press club and chanted slogans in favour of their demands. They criticised the irrigation authorities for their indifferent attitude towards them, arguing that they were reluctant to accept their demands even after the chief minister’s go-ahead.
The protesting irrigation employees are demanding time-scale for 30,000 workers as is given to their counterparts in the education and health departments and son quota as per agreement between the federal and Sindh governments, besides other rights.
They maintained that over 10,000 employees were waiting for the regularisation of their jobs and criticised the Sindh government for having turned a deaf ear towards their protest and demand.
After hours of the protest, which caused traffic blockade on key road links, information minister Nasir Shah came to see the ASITUF leaders and managed to convince them for calling off the protest.
He assured them that he would personally take up their demands before the chief minister and they would be called for a direct meeting with Syed Murad Ali Shah very soon.
Published by Daily Dawn on Jan 11, 2018