Minimum wages: Contingent paid workers of education department protest in Srinagar

Minimum wages: Contingent paid workers of education department protest in Srinagar
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Arif Bhat

Srinagar: All Jammu and Kashmir Contingent paid Workers, Land Donors Cook-Cum Helpers Union Of Education Department on Friday staged a protest demonstration in Srinagar demanding implementation of rules for their wages as per the Labour Rate Act of the Jammu and Kashmir.

Scores of protesters from various districts of Kashmir Valley assembled in Partap Park Srinagar and later marched towards Press Enclave in Srinagar, shouted slogans against the government for not fulfilling their “genuine” demands.

The protesters said that they have been working in the Education Department for the last 25 years and the government is “neglecting our genuine demands”.

“In the year 2008, the Education department framed an SRO 308 in which  50% Quota promotions were reserved for Contingent paid workers. In the year 2011 administration Department of School education issued an order under no. edu -1/277/2009 for minimum wages for the CPWs. But the order has not been implemented till date,” said Manzoor Ahmad Bhat, one of the Contingent paid workers of Kupwara district.

The protesters threatened to go on hunger strike and lock down all schools in the State in case their demands are not fulfilled within a weeks time.