New Delhi: The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference Member of Parliament from Anantnag (Retd) Justice Hasnain Masoodi on Monday decried the apathy and indifference of LG administration towards the grave problems faced by JK Cements employees because of non-payment of salary, gratuity and other benefits.
It is stated that employees of JK Cements at Khrew closed in 2019, have not been paid gratuity, retirement benefits, CP Fund and other benefits for last more than three years, though there is no reason for denying payment of the arrears that otherwise represent contributions made by the employees from their hard earned wages. The administration in gross violation of fundamental canons of labor laws is even without any justification withholding unpaid salary of more than seventy former employees of JK Cements pushing them and their families to starvation, the statement adds.
It is stated that Ghulam Mohammad Bhat one of the employees who was part of the employees delegation that met the MP Anantnag on 27th February 2022 to seek his intervention, apparently because of acute financial distress suffered a massive heart attack in the evening and breathed his last. The deceased had no source to fall back upon for his sustenance and that of his family, except his withheld salary. The matter, according to the statement, was once again discussed with Additional Chief Secretary Finance and Principal Secretary Industries in presence of the delegation and immediate release of, at least, unpaid salary demanded, without any genuine and encouraging response.
Masoodi has impressed upon the authorities to take a compassionate view of the grave problem faced by the employees and take immediate steps for release of hard earned salary, gratuity and other benefits. He has expressed heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and demanded payment of at least Rs 5 lac as ex- gratia relief to bereaved family.