Tribune News Service
Bathinda, August 1
Its members unpaid for the previous nearly six months, the Punjab Nambardar Union has threatened to launch a statewide stir, if the federal government didn’t clear their pending dues on the earliest.
There are round 35,000 nambardars working with the Revenue Department in villages throughout the state at a month-to-month honorarium of Rs 1,500. While a majority of them have been awaiting six-month funds, there are a lot of who haven’t been paid since November final.
Apart from the delay in funds, the nambardars have been demanding early issuance of a authorities notification (as introduced in February this yr) to extend their honorarium to Rs 2,000. The hike is learnt to have been agreed upon at a gathering that Punjab Revenue Minister Gurpreet Singh Kangar had with the union representatives.
The resolution to tread on protest path was taken by the union at its latest assembly in Mansa. Union state president Surjit Singh Nanhera stated they might intensify their actions as soon as Covid subsided. “Our representatives met the Revenue Minister in Chandigarh in February. We again brought the matter to his notice 15 days ago in Bathinda. But all we have got so far are hollow assurances,” he stated.
Darshan Singh, union secretary common, stated how lengthy may they go with out honorarium. “Whenever we approach the authorities, they rebuff us citing empty coffers,” he maintained.
Mansa unit president Amritpal Singh Gurne stated nambardars had been taking part in a big position in checking the Covid unfold in villages. “We have been providing crucial updates to the administration on Covid. Nambardars play a vital role with the police in maintaining law and order in rural pockets,” he stated. Kangar stated he would test together with his division why the funds have been delayed.