SRINAGAR: Need-based casual labourers working in the Public Health Engineering (PHE) department protested on Saturday for wages.
Under the banner of Jammu Kashmir Employees and Workers Association, the workers employed in November 2005 stage a protest at Press Enclave here.
They said they have not been paid their wages for the last eight months.
Shouting anti-government and anti-PDP slogans, they said the ruling coalition was giving them a step-motherly treatment.
“Under the previous government, the wages were released on time,” they said.
Donning torn clothes to register his protest, a worker said the government’s behaviour had led them to starvation.
Speaking on the occasion, chairman of the association, Mir Tariq Pampori, said: “Even in the holy month of Ramzan, our wages are not released. It has caused problems for the employees. Hence, we are protesting to send a message to the government, especially to the finance minister Haseeb Drabu.”
“If the wages are not released until Eid-ul-Fitr, we will celebrate Eid outside the house of chief minister while carrying empty bowls for begging.”