MGNREGA employees protest, demand regularisation of services

MGNREGA employees protest, demand regularisation of services
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Itifaq Lone

Srinagar: A huge protest demonstration on Monday was held by All Jammu and Kashmir MGNREGA Employees Association demanding their absorption in the Rural Development Department (RDD).
The protesters demanded the absorption of 4500 RDD employees as ‘promised’ by the state government. Scores of members of the Association first gathered in Pratap Park Srinagar and further marched towards press enclave chanting slogans, “we want justice”, “we want absorption”.
The protesters claimed that the employees are serving the RDD department from last more than ten years and least in service employee would be serving from last five years, “We need our future security and demand our absorption in the concerned RDD department,” said Syed Jaffer, president Association. “We are being ill-treated by the state administration,” he added.
Members of the Association claimed that they are not being taken seriously by the administration and their issue of absorption has not been solved yet. “We are being forced to come on streets and protest for our rights as administration failed us till now,” said a group of protesters.
Despite the fact that government has assured us to absorb 4500 employees in the concerned RDD department last year after we called off the strike in Jammu, they said.
The protesters claimed that they have served the state honestly and state administration is not taking any positive step for their future.
“Despite working in a project of even 54 thousand crore we are being paid lesser wages without security,” they said.
Now the protesters demand the intervention of Governor in the matter to redress the issue at earliest.
The protesters threatened to go for infinite strike if their demands are not met.