A group of physically-challenged persons protested near the Polytechnic square close to Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister’s official residence here demanding that they should be given jobs.
Their protest began last evening, braving the winter chill, and the venue was shifted this evening to another location.
“Later on, following police intervention and assurance that (MP) Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will meet us tomorrow, we shifted our protest to the community hall”, opposite to TT Nagar police station, this evening, Savita Dwivedi, who is leading the protest told PTI.
“We squatted near the Polytechnic College square since last evening burning ‘rotis’ given to us for meals to make a bonfire to beat the extreme cold till this evening,” she added.
Yesterday was the World Disability Day.
“We are demanding that people with disabilities should be provided job under 6 per cent reservation quota. A huge number of 52,000 job vacancies are lying vacant in the state”, she claimed.
“Either provide us job or we should get Rs 6,000 monthly or pension of Rs 3,000 per month,” she demanded.
“We won’t lift our protest till Chouhan meets us and listen to our woes and demands,” Dwivedi said.
“It is unfortunate that we sat just 100 metres away from Chief Minister’s residence but he did not come to meet us and hear our grievances. We sat under the open sky in such a cold weather but this hasn’t moved Chouhan,” alleged Dwivedi.
“Yesterday, the officials told us the CM was unwell. Today we are being given a lame excuse that he is going to Nagpur whereas he has addressed people at the Jamboori Maiden here, ” she claimed.
Meanwhile, S K Mishra, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister said he personally met the protesters last midnight to break the ice and had asked the district collector to talk to the department concerned to look into their concerns.