KISHTWAR, JUNE 11
Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC), Vice President and MLA Inderwal, Ghulam Mohammad Saroori asked government to release pending wages of thousands of daily wagers, casual laborers as well as salaries of the employees of various corporations including Rehbar-e-Taleem teachers who are recruited under centrally sponsored Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and payments of contractors before Eid-ul- Fitr, who he said have not been paid a single penny for a long time now.
In a statement issued today, Saroori said: “Every month they are made to beg for the release of their own salaries. The government has miserably failed to maintain uniformity in release of funds from the State Project Director (SPD) of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) to the respective districts, “he said. “Teachers and employees in different departments are going through tough times given the delay in their salaries. They are subjected to mental torture as their whole family suffers due to the delay in release of their salary,” Saroori said and added that these people do a lot of hard work without any returns. He also said that in view of the festivals of “EID and DIWALI” this is a time that Government would realize the difficulties of these employees and issue orders for release of salaries with benefits of 7th pay commission.
The PDP-BJP government had promised that it will bring change in the state, but it seems the only change they have brought so far is to deny wages to the hardworking employees,” “It is irony of sorts that these employees are not being paid even minimum wages,” he said and voicing concern over their plight, Saroori urged upon the government to release the payment of contractors, teachers and wages of these laborers on the auspicious day of Eid-ul-Fitr.
In view of ensuing Eid-ul- Fitr, Mr. Saroori called a meeting here at Thathri Dak Bungalow and at his residence Kishtwar and urged upon the administrations of twin districts Doda and Kishtwar to ensure that the people do not face any inconvenience on account of security, traffic management, drinking water, power supply, healthcare services and sanitation during the auspicious days. He said that all the concerned departments should work in close coordination and proper measures should be put in place to ensure availability of essentials including rations, Atta, sugar, Kerosene oil, LPG, meat, poultry etc on reasonable rates. He also called for intensifying the market checking to curb profiteering and black-marketing of essentials.
The Power department was asked to replace all the damaged transformers before Eid and ensure uninterrupted power supply during these days. “There should be no disruption of electricity supply especially during Eid-Ul-Fitr,” Saroori urged Chief Engineer PDD Jammu.
KISHTWAR, JUNE 11