Opposing the ‘punishment posting’ of an employee who served a property tax notice against a property owned by a self-styled journalist/scribe in Giaspura area, the employees at the municipal corporation’s (MC) Zone-C suspended work for around three hours on Tuesday.
The employees approached the MC employees’ union, Municipal Employees Sangharsh Committee, which took up the matter with MC commissioner Shena Aggarwal.
MC property tax inspector Karan Sharma said one of the field staff members Aman had served a notice against the property of a self-styled scribe on November 19. “Firstly, the scribe misbehaved with the staff and then used his influence to get Aman transferred to some other wing in MC,” Sharma said.
“This is not acceptable as the employee was punished for doing his job. Nothing wrong was done and the building owner was only asked to pay the dues. As the matter could not be resolved at zonal-level, the union approached MC commissioner and sought a solution,” said Sharma.
It was around noon when the matter was resolved and the employees returned to their duties after the transfer orders of the employee were rolled back.
President of the employees’ union Jasdev Sekhon said the action against the employee was not justified, hence, they took up the matter with the MC commissioner. The employees resumed the work after the transfer order was rolled back, he said.
Visitors face harrowing time
Meanwhile, the visitors at MC office faced harrowing time as the work in the office and suwidha kendras remained suspended for around three hours from 9am till noon.
One of the visitors at MC office, Jaswinder Singh, said the employees should not suspend the work in the office as the public face harassment. “ An entire day is wasted if any strike is observed and the applicant has to visit the office again on some other day, which disturbs his schedule for two days,” said Singh.