PUNE: Ex-servicemen have started an indefinite hunger strike in front of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) premises as they have not received their salary since nine months. They started the hunger strike on Wednesday morning. However, the civic body has not taken cognisance of their strike.
The Nuisance Detection (ND) squad is a brainchild of the PMC. The squad was formed to check littering, spitting, urinating, defecating and putting up unauthorised posters at public places or even dumping rubble on footpaths.
It was launched by the PMC in 2000 and has been highly successful as it has managed to keep a tab on citizens to penalise them and make sure there is discipline at public places. The civic body has provided a jeep and a driver to squad members for collection of the fine amount in every ward office. There are a total of 15 ward offices across the city.
Chandrakant Bhosale, President of PMC unit of Mazi Sainik Vikas Parishad, said, “The PMC has appointed 60 ex-servicemen under the ND squad. The civic body is paying Rs 16,000 per month to ND squad members. However, since last one year, the PMC has not paid the salaries to us. We have sent letters to civic officials to give us our salary. But, nothing has happened. So, we have decided to sit on an indefinite hunger strike till we get our salary.”
Dr Sudhakar Panikar, President of Maji Sainik Vikas Parishad, said, “It is very disappointing to ex-servicemen who have served the country and now have to sit on a strike to get their salary.”
Rajendra Nimbalkar, Additional Municipal Commissioner of PMC said, “I don't know that the ex-servicemen have started a hunger strike. I will talk to them and sort out the issue.”