Municipal employees protesting against privatisation of water supply and sanitation system in Mardan. – Photo by Abdul Sattar

MARDAN, 5 August: The employees of Municipal Committee in Mardan on Thursday staged protest over privatisation of the clean drinking water and drainage system by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government.

The protesting employees carrying banners gathered in front of Mardan Press Club and chanted slogans against the municipal administration. They said the government should review its decision to hand over the water supply and cleaning system to Water Supply and Sanitation, a private organisation. They said if the government can’t change its decision then at least it should address the grievances of municipal employees.

Mardan Municipal Committee Employees Union general secretary Malik Aman told TNN that the rulers after ruining Peshawar have now turned towards Mardan to destroy its system.

“We are still ready to cooperate with the government, but at least they should address our concerns. The protection of the employees’ service should be ensured and they should be provided guarantees that their constitutional rights will not be violated. In case of lack of these guarantees, the employees will continue their protests,” he said.

The protesters also rejected the provincial government’s decision to attach conditions to the promotion of class-IV employees. They threatened to launch agitation movement if their demands were not fulfilled.