Alleging harassment by Vigilance Bureau, Punjab Irrigation Engineers stage ‘Dharna’

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Irrigation Engineers of Punjab have opened a front against the state’s Vigilance Bureau (VB). The Joint Action Committee of Engineering Associations of Irrigation Department held a mammoth ‘Dharna’ by wearing black badges at  Hydel Building complex in Sec 18 here, in which over 1000 Engineers working in different capacities at Chandigarh & across the state participated. The Engineers held the ‘Dharna’ by wearing black badges, to show their displeasure against the state Vigilance Bureau for registering what they call fake cases against some Engineers of the Irrigation department, related to Harike head works & other places.

For the time being the protesting Engineers from Chief Engineers to Junior Engineer levels, however, have decided to continue work under protest so as not to hamper the departmental works in the larger public interest.

Mr. V.S Dhindsa, President, Engineers’ Association, PWD B & R has extended full support from all Engineers of the department to Irrigation Engineers. Mandi Board Engineers right from Junior Engineers to Engineer-in-Chief have also extended full support to Irrigation Engineers. Apart from this Irrigation Engineers have received support from Engineering Departments like Public Health, Water Supply & Sanitation, Sewerage Board, Punjab State Power Corporation Ltd.( PSPCL)  etc. for the ‘Dharna’ & future agitation.

The sit in protest by Joint Action Committee of Engineering Associations of Irrigation Department protest saw participation of representatives of PSE Class 1 Association, AMIE Engineers Association, Diploma Engineers Association, Council of Diploma Engineers Association, Draftsman Association, Ministerial Association (PISCA) etc.