SRINAGAR: A huge protest demonstration was held here on Wednesday by the Jammu and Kashmir Contingent Paid Education Employees Union, demanding the regularisation of the non-teaching contractual employees, sweepers, night chowkidars, water men and peons of education institutions.
Demanding their regularisation under SRO-308, the protesters gathered in Press Enclave, Srinagar, and further marched towards the Governor’s office while chanting the slogans “We want regularisation” and “We want justice”.
“It is unfortunate that the state administration has failed to regularise us despite our day-night services to the Education Department,” said Nazir Rather, State Union President.
The protesters claimed that the government has failed them each time despite making uncountable promises regarding the regularisation of IVth Class Education Department employees and implementation of the Minimum Wages Act.
“We are serving the Education Department from more than 15 years yet we are waiting for regularisation and implementation of Minimum Wages Act,” said Nazir Ahmad, Union General Secretary.
The protesters claimed that they were supposed to get the benefit of the Minimum Wages Act under SRO-308 from the year 2011 but said it was just a lottery for one among hundreds.
Ahmed said that poor and uninfluential persons were left behind, “Only influential persons got the benefit, and the rest were set on the back burner,” he added.
The protesters claimed that the concerned department never bothered about solving their problem despite the fact that they had served the department even in the high-risk atmosphere of the 2014 floods and the 2008 unrest.
The protesters demanded the Governor’s intervention in the matter at the earliest or else they would go for an indefinite strike if their demands were not met.