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Striking Gaon Sathis turn violent


Bhubaneswar, Feb 12:

Angry over the state government’s indifference to their ‘genuine’ demands, hundreds of angry Gaon Sathis, who have been on an indefinite protest since the start of the current assembly session turned violent on Wednesday night and tried to jump the  the wooden barricade erected near the protest site and set it on fire.

They were later chased away by the policemen on duty at the site.Gaon Sathis

No one has been arrested following the incident

A leader of the Gaon Sathi Joint Coordination Committee told OST that the protesters had lost both hope and patience after the state government refused to pay heed to their protest action in support of their genuine demands during this session which will end on Thursday.

The demands of the Gaon Sathis includes job regularization, permanent appointment in their respective panchayats with a monthly incentive money of Rs 4,500, abolition of the five-member village coordinator panel and employment for 200 days a year to job card holders instead of the present 100 days under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA).Gaon Sathis

Earlier, the Gaon Sathis had alleged that the workers, who discharged key functions as coordinators for implementation of different schemes and programmes at the grassroots level, had been neglected in all respects by the state government.