SRINAGAR: Employees Joint Action Committee (EJAC) is going to raise with Governor N N Vohra the issue of regularization of the daily wagers working in various departments of the state.
President EJAC Abdul Qayoom Wani told Kashmir Reader Wednesday that they have sent a formal request to Vohra for a meeting over the issue.
“We feel it is the right time to raise the issue of regularization of the daily wagers as there is less possibility of any political intervention. We have sought a meeting with the Governor to discuss the matter, and we may meet him next week,” Wani said.
The successive governments, according to Wani, have been following a police of “use and throw” for about 40,000 daily wagers working in various departments.
“A large chunk of these daily wagers are in the Public Health and Engineering department. In fact, many departments such as the Mechanical and Irrigation are run by the daily wagers alone,” Wani said.
“They (daily wagers) are employed to ‘work like donkeys’ while the government fails to regularize them or to pay their salaries,” he added.
The Omar Abdullah-led coalition government had formed a subcommittee under the former Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather to consider the demand for regularization of daily wagers.
However, Wani said, the formal orders for regularization were not issued “despite the subcommittee’s recommendations.”
“Although the former Chief Minister was honest in answering the demands for regularization of daily wagers, some cabinet ministers including Akbar Lone, Taj Mohiuddin, and the he former Finance Minister opposed it,” Wani said.
EJAC appealed the governor to resolve the issue.
“We appeal the governor to issue regularization order in favour of these daily wagers,” said Wani.
Meanwhile, Wani demanded that 17 per cent Dearness Allowance and pay of SSA and RMSA teachers and the employees working in the family and Health Department should be released.
“In case the daily wagers are not regularized and other issues of employees are not resolved, we will launch a state wide agitation against the government,” Wani said.