‘Rather, Lone sabotaged our regularisation to benefit favourites’

SRINAGAR: Casual and daily-wage employees Tuesday accused Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather and Higher Education Minister Mohammad Akbar Lone of sabotaging their regularisation “to benefit the blue-eyed candidates”.
Addressing a press conference here, president of the Casual Daily Wagers Forum (SDWF), Sajad Ahmad Parray said the ministers, both from National Conference (NC), “sabotaged the process” initiated for regularisation of 60,000 casual and daily-wage employees working in the various government departments.
“They did it to adjust the blue-eyed persons in the departments. We will launch a door-to-door campaign against NC,” Parray added.
He said the ruling NC-Congress coalition had formed a Cabinet Sub-Committee (CSC) in 2009 under Rather to regularise the employees appointed since 1994.
“However, the government has been playing with our sentiments for past six years as it eventually sabotaged the regularisation,” he said.
The SDWF president said that Lone had publically spoken against regularising the employees.
“He had said regularisation of the employees will never happen till he was the minister,” he said. “The regularisation list was finalised, but it was scrapped at the eleventh hour as the ministers’ close relatives and workers were not included in it.”
Parray alleged that at least 69 candidates from south Kashmir’s Kulgam district, 1111 from Baramulla district, and 118 from here “were adjusted in the final list by some politicians.”
In the coming days, the forum would disclose the exact figure of all illegal appointments made in various departments by the politicians, said Parray, adding that they would move court “to seek justice”.

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