SRINAGAR: Scores of labourers from north Kashmir held a protest demonstration here on Monday against district labour office for delaying release of their money under various schemes.
The protesters alleged that the labour department was not taking them seriously while settling their cases.
“I married my daughter last year and claimed Rs 25000 which the department pays to labourers so that the financially weak sections of society can marry their children,” said Ghulam Hasan Mir of Gun Brath Sopore.
He said that after six months of following the case the officeon Monday told him that his case would be settled after four months.
Mir alleged that the labour department in Baramulla has turned into a “corruption hub.” “Labourers are asked to pay Rs 5000 to get the claims settled,” said Mir, while adding that he married off his two daughters by borrowing money.
President Awami Labour Movement, Ghulam Rasool Shiekh said that labourers were seen as “second class citizens and their right to live a dignified life was denied by none other but the department meant to provide assistance to this section of society.”
“The schemes under various welfare programmes are funded by the collection of 1% to 2% profit of the executing construction agency, besides nominal monthly contribution from the workers or beneficiaries themselves,” Shiekh said adding their children should have been the priority in skill development programs launched by the government.
“We sweat blood to earn this money and they deny it to us,” Shiekh said.
Protestors demanded that the cases pending in the district labour office, Baramulla for the past six month be settled on priority.