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Srinagar: The sweepers belonging to health department in Kupwara under the banner of All JK Safayee Karamchari Union on Thursday held a protest in Srinagar demanding hike in their wages.
Dozens of consolidated and part-time sweepers from Handwara assembled at Press Enclave saying they are getting peanuts as their monthly wages for their tiresome work.
The union’s president Bashir Ahmad said that Kupwara district has 650 sweepers in the department. Of them, 600 are working as part-time and the remaining are consolidated workers. Since last 25 years, he said, they are receiving meager amount of Rs 100 and Rs 516 as their monthly salary.
“Around 50 consolidated posts are vacant from last seven years but no one is recruited against these posts. Many of the political leaders have promised us in the past that they will resolve our issues but to no avail,” Bashir said.
A protester said that their families are also getting affected as they could not meet their demands. “The amount we are getting is not enough to meet our daily expenses. How can we afford the demands of our families?” he questioned.