By Riyaz Bhat
SRINAGAR: A group of employees working with the government-run Jammu and Kashmir Cements Limited (JKCL) on Monday staged protest demonstration against withholding salary for several months. The employees shouted slogans against the managing director Atul Sharma.
“I have no other source of income. My family is suffering because the salary has been withheld for seven months. ,” said Manzoor Ahmad, a protesting employee.
The employees said that the organisation deducts central provident and insurance fund from their salaries but the money is not pooled anywhere in accounts.
“We met the officials at the Fund office in Pulwama. They told us that a single penny has not been deposited during the past 27 months from the JKCL office in favour of the employees,” a protester said.
“The amount runs in crores as it has been deducted from the salaries of over 500 employees. We don’t know where this money has gone,” he said.
The employees chanted pro-justice slogans while holding placards.
The protesters also alleged that the low productivity has resulted into financial losses of this state public sector undertaking forcing it to stop salaries of employees for last few months. “Due to the lack of proper administration and lack of raw materials, our company is presently going from bad to worse,” admitted an employee.
By Riyaz Bhat