Srinagar: Hundreds of members of All Jammu and Kashmir Daily Wagers Estates Employees Association on Wednesday staged a protest to press for regularization of their services.
The protesting daily wagers assembled inside the press enclave here in Srinagar and raised slogans in favor of their demand. They asked government to resolve their issues as soon as possible. They also raised slogans like “PDP tere hukumat main bachay bukhay martay hain”, and “we want justice”.
The protesters said that hundreds of daily wagers working in the department for more than twenty years have never raised voice thinking authorities would address their issues themselves.
“Government has forced us to come out on streets because we now believe that daily wagers are being exploited by making theme work twenty-four-hours a day,” one of the protester said.
“There are around 300 casual workers and around 13 have died either by committing suicide or falling prey to psychological diseases as they were not able to meet the requirements of their family,” he said.
Another protester said that no one can raise a family with a sum of Rs 4500. He said that markets rates have gone much high but the salary has remained same from several years.
“Tell us what shall we do? How can we feed our family and kids? We request authorities to think about us,” he said.