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Tuesday, 8 September 2020

MC contractor accused of fleecing gardeners

Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, September 7

High drama prevailed in the Sector 29 nursery of the Municipal Corporation (MC) where gardeners alleged that the contractor was charging Rs2000 per month from them for job security.

Caught on camera

  • AAP workers visited the MC nursery at Sector 29 on Monday and recorded videos of the contractor's men collecting money from the gardeners.
  • The workers were seen giving Rs2,000 per head. A total of Rs1.10 lakh was collected, the AAP claimed.

The contractor provides manpower to the MC. "The contractor collects money from poor contractual employees and distributes it among some officers and councillors too," alleged Prem Garg, president, AAP.

Party workers visited the MC nursery at Sector 29 today and recorded videos of the contractor's men collecting money from gardeners. The workers were seen giving Rs2,000 per head. A total of Rs1.10 lakh was collected, the AAP claimed.

AAP organising secretary Vikram Singh Pundhir received complaints from MC gardeners that the contractor, who supplied manpower to the Horticulture Department of the corporation, was forcing poor contractual employees to pay him Rs2000 per month, otherwise he would fire them from the job. The hapless employees had no option, but to pay the amount to save their jobs, he said.

AAP members immediately called the PCR and statements of the workers were recorded on camera. The police then rounded up the contractor's men. A similar incident was recorded by AAP volunteers in a garden in Sector 33 on Saturday.

Garg demanded immediate dissolution of the MC and an investigation by the CBI into the full working of the MC. He has also made a complaint to the Commissioner in this regard.

Refuting all allegations, MC officers said it was an issue between the contractor and his manpower.



from The Tribune https://ift.tt/339JqUP

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