SRINAGAR: Scores of employees working with the immunization unit of Family Welfare department of Jammu and Kashmir protested here to press for the release of their salaries.
The employees assembled in Pratap Park under the banner of ‘All Jammu and Kashmir Family Welfare Department Employees (Immunisation Union)’ and held protest demonstrations besides raising slogans against the administration.
According to the protesting employees, they have “not received” their salaries from “April this year” and are financial problems.
“We are four thousand employees in Jammu and Kashmir and our salaries are pending from many months. Our families are suffering because and it is becoming difficult for us to manage our financial demands of their family,” said a protesting employee.
“We have bank loans and have to pay the installments every month. Last year too, our salaries were released after many months that too after we held protests here,” he said.
The employees said that they apprised director and chief accounts officer about the issue so many times and they “put in their best efforts” to get the salary released but the higher authorities did not release.
“We have sent many representations to the administration and from many months they are saying that we will release the salary within a week but the salaries have not been released. Our employees have to travel as far as twenty kilometers for vaccination and at times they don’t have even bus fare,” said Mehmooda, secretary of the union.
While alleging the government of “gender discrimination”, Mehmooda said that since the majority of the employees in the department for immunization propose are women, that is why they are “being treated differently” and their demands are “not taken seriously.”
“We don’t want to protest but we are being forced to do so, and that too every year, we are now requesting the government to release the pending salaries by this week,” Mehmooda said.
“If our salaries are not released this month, we will be forced to come on the streets and go for indefinite strike. In that case all National programs on health and women which are currently taking place in the department will get affected”.