SRINGAR: Demanding immediate release of their pending salaries and regularisation of their services, scores of casual labourers engaged by Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department held a protest demonstration at Press Enclave Lal Chowk on Thursday. The protestors also sought personal intervention of Governor NN Vohra in the matter.
“Since July 2014 our salaries have not been paid and we are virtually starving,” said Shakeel Ahmad, one of the protestor. He said the department has engaged 120 casual labourers.
“We demand our pending salaries be released immediately and our services be regularised. For this we appeal intervention of Governor,” the protesters said, while shouting anti-government slogans.
The protestors alleged tourism department of hired 350 casual staff in recent past despite Governor administration in its order on March 17,2015 has put a complete ban on engagement of casual labours.
“The new casual staff is being paid salaries on time,” Nazir Sheikh, another protestor said.
Protesters accused tourism department of putting their lives at stake. “Without salaries, how are we going to feed our families? Our children are not able to attend schools as we are not in a position to pay their tuition fees,” protestors said.