SHOPIAN: About twenty five data entry operators, who were hired by two local contractors for National Food Safety Act (NFSA), are awaiting their promised wages by their employers.
“We worked for the digitization of ration cards in December 2015 but the contractors have not paid us wages,” said an operator.
“We used to work from dawn to dusk, sometimes even until late night hours but the contractors didn’t pay us the wages,” he said.
The contractors say that they have not been paid by the consumer affairs and public distribution department that hired them to prepare the ration cards.
The operators said that the contractors–RP computers and Cyber Plaza–hired them against a fixed salary but didn’t pay after getting the job done.
“I sold the jewelry of my wife and spent the money to prepare printed check lists of the ration cards with a hope to get my money back,” lamented Mohammad Ashraf Lone, owner of a xerox shop in the main town.
Ashraf added that the contractors didn’t pay him the expenses of the paper and machinery.
The contractors said the concerned department has not paid them the outstanding amounts. “The government owes us Rs 6.5 lakh. We have paid half of the emoluments to the data entry operators through our own arrangement,” Sajad Ahmad Bhat, owner of the Cyber Plaza said.
Assistant Director Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CAPD) Shopian, Riyaz Ahmad said that they didn’t hire any contractors or data entry operators for the said job but it was then deputy commissioner Shopain who hired them for the purpose. “We have already brought this issue in deputy commissioner’s notice. On Saturday we have scheduled a meeting in this regard and their dues will be released soon,” he said.