Ten female employees of chief minister Yogi Adiyanaths dream project CM helpline 1076 were hospitalised on Friday after they fell ill during protest against pending salaries of over three months.
Though police claimed that they fell ill due to weakness, the girls alleged that they were served poisoned coffee in a bid to kill them so that the ongoing atrocities in the call centre could be hidden and the protest ended.
Over 200 employees of the call centre in the Gomtinagar locality were staging a protest since Wednesday alleging that they had not been given salaries ever since the call centre was set up and even government officials had not paid heed to their complaints.
The call centre was set up in December 2017 with the help of an NGO to channelise the complaints of the people of the state and for quick redressal.
Initially, 500 tele executives were recruited and the government aimed to recruit 1,000 more for round-the-clock functioning of the centre before its inauguration in April.
Ever since we joined, we were given a training of a month, after which we started working with a promise that we will get an appointment letter soon. However, about four months have passed and neither have we got salaries nor did we get any appointment letter, Priyanka, a worker, alleged.
On Friday, the supervisor called the girls and tried to take signatures on a blank paper forcibly. On denial, we were offered coffee during a meeting after which we fell ill, Mamta, another employee, further alleged.
The girls have been admitted to Lohia hospital. Police said they were yet to receive a medical report from the hospital.