SRINAGAR: Scores of daily wagers working in the PHE department along with their families held a massive protest demonstration here on Tuesday to press for the release of their pending salaries.
Protesting under the banner of Kashmir PHE Joint Employees Association, daily wagers with their family members assembled here in Pratap Park while chanting anti- government and anti PHE department slogans while holding banners and placards which read, “we want justice”, “pay us to let us pay fee of our wards” and “Please release pending wages of my father.”
The protesting daily wagers joined by their children alleged that the PHE department has held their salaries from more than 21 months and are ‘fooling them by saying that the file of their salaries is lying in the finance department’.
They said that their wards are being rusticated from their schools since they failed to pay their tuition fee, now they are with no option except keeping their children at home and deprive them schooling.
Association Chairman Sajad Ahmad Parray said that, “The department is fooling us by holding our salaries and our concern salary file is being tossed from table to table in the department,” he said. “We will not bend down till our demands are met”.
Waris Ahmad Hurra son of a daily wager, while protesting said that they face hardships in their daily life, not only for school fee, they are financially dependent on their neighbors. He said that despite their father’s daily duty their parents are not paid regularly.
“Why isn’t government releasing salary of my father so that I could pay my fee and go to school,” Waris questioned. “My dad has not even bought new clothes for me from last one year, look at these old clothes,” he added.
One of the protesters Tariq Ahmad said that they are fed up with the department and it has never done justice with them other than their regularization under SRO-520.
The protesters threatened of mass agitation till their demands are met by the government. They also sought the Governors intervention in the matter.