Bhopal: More than 55 cases of financial aid for medical assistance to the poor have been stuck in district collector’s office due to strike of clerks. Moreover scores of people who go to collector’s office everyday for complaints and grievance redressal have to return empty handed.

Clerk grade employees are on strike across the state since July 23 demanding implementation of Rameshchandra Sharma committee recommendations besides allowances for the seventh pay scale on the lines of Central government employees.

A person refusing to reveal his identity at collectorate said that he cannot even complain fearing backlash from the authorities. He was there to collect cheque sent by CM’s office for his fathers’ treatment at cancer hospital.    Hundreds of people flank collectorate in old city for several works including issuance of caste certificate and applying for various government schemes. Financial aid including one from CM’s discretion fund for medical assistance too is distributed through collector’s office.

An official pleading anonymity said that more than 55 cases of medical urgency are lying pending due to the strike by clerks in the office. “We are helpless as the strike is statewide and solution is not in our hands. Still we are trying our best to make things normal,” he said.

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