Srinagar: When Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayed was addressing a small gathering after inaugurating the Tulip garden, a group of daily wagers of the floriculture department working in the garden, were complaining about official apathy.
“For the past seven years, we have been giving our blood and sweat to make every flower bloom in this huge garden. Every year, when it is thrown open, we are promised that our jobs will be regularized. The promises remain promises,” says Mohammad Ramzan, a daily wager.
“Politicians cut the ribbon, make promises and leave the garden. Three governments have changed since the garden was thrown open but none did justice to us,” he said.
Situated at the foot hills of picturesque Zabarwan Hills, Tulip garden is spread across 30 acre land, which was previously known as Siraj Bagh. It was renamed after assassinated Indian Prime Minister Mrs Indira Gandhi by the UPA government. About six hundred thousand tulips, comprising 400 varieties, can be seen in full bloom these days.
About 130 daily wagers are working in the garden at Rs 150 per day. Many have left and those who remain complain that services of a few blue-eyed workers were regularized because of their proximity to politicians and bureaucrats.
Director floriculture Sunil Misri told Kashmir Reader that only the government can regularize their jobs.
“We will submit the details of all daily wagers when the government asks us to. The decision, however, lies with the government,” he said.