talks Chandigarh, May 23 (PTI) In a bid to end the fortnight-long strike of the sanitation workers in support of their demands, the Haryana government today set up a committee under the chairmanship of Urban Local Bodies Minister Kavita Jain.

The committee would hold meetings with leaders of the striking Safai Karamcharis and work out on an agreement on their demands.

Besides Jain, the committee would comprise Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Krishan Kumar Bedi, and Minister of State for Cooperation, Manish Grover, as members.

The committee and a team of officers concerned would hold a meeting with the leaders of employees and work out an agreement on all issues so that the strike by sanitation workers could be called off at the earliest, Bedi said here today.

Notably, garbage has piled up at several places across the state as the standoff between the striking employees and government continued.

The talks between the state government and the representatives of the striking employees on past two occasions have failed.

Initially, the Safai Karamcharis began a three-day strike on May 9. Three days later, they decided to extend the strike till May 14 and on May 17, they went on an indefinite strike after the talks with the government failed to yield positive result.

The major demands of the striking employees include regularisation of the contractual employees, minimum salary of Rs 15,000 per month for Safai Karamcharis, implementation of cashless medical facilities for contractual employees, increasing allowances of both permanent and contractual employees, risk allowance and better safety equipment for those engaged in cleaning sewers.

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