Dailywagers call off strike after Drabu assures them of ‘roadmap’

Srinagar: Finance minister Dr Haseeb Drabu’s announcement that the government will formulate a comprehensive plan to address the issues of daily wagers, ad hoc, contractual and all such categories of temporary workers in a few months prompted the striking employees to end their hunger strike, an official spokesman said.
Drabu visited the employees who were on a hunger strike at Pratap Park Lal Chowk for the past several days and assured them the government was committed to resolving their issues. He persuaded them to break the fast, the spokesman added.
After breaking their fast, Drabu assured them that the government will examine their demands sympathetically and take an appropriate decision soon.
“I have announced in the Assembly that an expert committee will be formed which will come out with a roadmap for regularizing all kinds of non-regular employees,” said Dr Drabu.
“Within next two to four months a roadmap will be framed and put before the cabinet for an appropriate decision” said Dr. Drabu.
The minister said there are at least 14-15 categories of temporary employees like daily wagers, contractual, casual labour, academic arrangement, etc., engaged by the previous governments from time to time without any concrete planning.
He said that it is not the issue of just 60,000 temporary workers but it is problem of 60,000 families, and government is serious to address this human issue, he added.