LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY: Drabu says daily wagers cheated, deceived by previous govt

Srinagar: The government on Saturday blamed the previous regime of “deceiving and cheating” by employing daily wagers under the pretext of different names.
Finance minister Haseeb Drabu said the government has set up a committee which would prepare a “roadmap” in the next two-three-months to look into the issues of the daily wagers.
“We have 61000 daily wagers such as academic arrangement, semi-casual, employees without salaries under 14 categories. No government can afford to adjust them in one go. 61000 families have been cheated and deceived by the previous regimes.”
“We are trying to resolve the problem by forming a committee in 2-3 months,” Drabu said while replying to a query of congress legislators GM Saroori who was seconded by NCs Ali Mohammad Sagar.
Saroori said the daily wagers have been sidelined and the government was “unconcerned” about their plight.
Amid uproar, Drabu referred to a cabinet order issued by the NC-Congress government saying, “Your government engaged the daily wagers with a rider that approval be sought from planning and finance department”.
Drabu’s reply prompted Sagar and Saroori to walk out of the House. Saroori said the government was unmoved by the plight of daily wagers.