600 Polling Staff Protest As Govt Keeps Them ‘Hungry, Waiting’

SRINAGAR — Around six hundred employees, on polling duty for 2nd phase of the election to Urban Local Bodies,  on Tuesday staged  a protest demonstration against government for keeping them ‘hungry and waiting’ for entire day at Revenue Training College, Bemina.

They said that nobody offered them any food for entire day on Tuesday and that they were not shifted to respective polling stations.

The protesting employees who also threatened to boycott elections were later pacified by Deputy Commissioner Srinagar who visited them in the evening.

“We were not even provided water let alone food,” one of the employees said. “We were kept waiting and waiting with no steps taken to provide food and shelter during the night,” an agitated employee said.

On the intervention of the deputy Commissioner, the employee said, polling staff decided not to go for boycott and carry on with duty. The protesting employees were provided food packets later.       

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