Ruckus: 140 workers removed from Ladda and Lehra toll plaza staged a protest, accusing the company of not paying dues

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140 unemployed workers of Ladda and Lehra toll plazas closed by the Punjab government staged a sit-in near Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann Niwas. Darshan Singh, State President of Toll Plaza Workers Union Punjab said that the tenders of about 10 toll plazas in Punjab are going to expire by 2023. Out of these, two toll plazas, Ladda and Lehra, were both closed due to the end of their tenders. Due to their closure, about 140 employees have had to become unemployed. Crores of rupees are owed to the companies in various ways by these employees which have not been given to the employees.

He said that the youth, who became unemployed due to the closure of the toll plaza, have been sitting on a dharna in front of the office of Ladda toll plaza for 15 days, but their demands are not being resolved by the toll company. On this occasion Surinder Singh, Harvinder Singh, Manpreet Gir, Gurinderdeep Singh, Satinder Singh, Rajveer Kaur, Gurmail Singh, Gurtej Singh, Manpreet Kaur, Sandeep Kaur, Gurjit Singh, Avtar Singh, Gulshan Singh, Ram Lal, Lali Singh, Najar Khan , Sukhpreet Singh, Gurjit Singh, Rajdeep Singh, Sahil Bawa, Parminder Singh, Jasvir Singh, Jaspreet, Malkit Singh etc. were present.

Nitin, assistant manager of toll plaza Ladda, says that on Monday, a meeting was held with the employees in the presence of the toll company and Bhakiyu Ugrahan. It was agreed to give one month’s salary in the meeting, but the employees are now adamant on the demand of three months’ salary. He said that higher officials have been apprised in this regard.

Before closing the toll plaza, employment should be arranged for the employees.

Dharamjit Singh, Pradeep Singh, Nirbhay Singh, Gurpreet Singh, Pradeep Singla said that if other toll plazas are also closed in the coming time, then first arrangements should be made for permanent employment of the employees. The companies of the closed toll plazas should be given arrears of allowances etc. to the employees.

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