Casual labourers protest in Srinagar

Casual labourers protest in Srinagar
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Want payment of salaries, regularisation

SRINAGAR: Dozens of casual labourers working with the forest department in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district on Tuesday protested against their department, demanding immediate release of their pending wages and streamlining their services.
The protesting employees alleged that scores of their colleagues, some of them employed 29 years ago, are still waiting regularisation and are being forced to earn their livelihood from alternative means.
They also alleged that the government orders to upload all data regarding casual labours online, was blocked by concerned branches of the forest department in Ganderbal district who had not furthered the information to the main offices.
The wages of the casual labours, according to the protesting employees, have not been released for six months, much to the desperation of the employees and their families.
President of the Sindh Forest Division Casual Labors Union (SFDCLU), Nisar Ahmad, said, “There are around 750 daily wagers working with the SFDCLU Ganderbal and all the hardcopies containing information regarding casual labourers are available in the office of PCCF. The information is supposed to be passed on to the forest department before 15th July.”
The president said state government’s order for the completion of formalities for regularization of the daily wagers be completed till June 30, but the process has been put on hold because the automation process is not being completed.
“I am not able to pay school fee of my children. For the last six months, we haven’t received any salary. We are not able to understand why they don’t release our salary. This is my only source of livelihood due to which my family suffers,” said Yawar Ahmad, a protesting employee.


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