QUETTA: The contractual employees of Balochistan Development Authority (BDA) are in protest for the regularization of their services and have set up hunger strike camp in front of Quetta Press Club
The employee’s hunger strike has now entered its 11th day. They’ve made to clear to the government that “until their services are regularised” their hunger strike would continue. There are a total of 772 contractual employees asking for proper services structure and their unpaid six months’ salary.
A number of senior officials have visited the hunger camp and assured them that all their issues will be resolved. The officials have assured them the Chief Minister has given approval to release pending salaries. The government has also formed a committee headed by the Balochistan chief secretary to prepare a report about resolving their issues and submit a report to the CM. However, the protestors are unmoved by the assurance and want the government to take practical steps.
The BDA’s action committee also staged a rally and set up a sit-in outside the chief Minister’s House where they blocked the Capital city Quetta, one of the major arteries of the city. The protestors chanted slogans against the provincial government and in favour of their demands.
“We have been on hunger strike for the last 11 days,” Chairman BDA Action committee, Yar Muhammad. He lamented that the contracture employed have not been paid their salaries for the last several months while provincial government is not serious to resolve the issues. Yar Muhammad said that the opposition parties leaders have visited the camp and assured their full support.
Due to the scorching heat, almost a dozen protesters are in critical situation. Later, critical protesters were shifted to hospitals. After Eid, the BDA employees have announced that they will stage a further strong protest against the Balochistan government if their demands were not accepted.