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61,000 casual workers in J&K seek regularisation, hold protest in Jammu
JammuExpress. Dated: 8/24/2020 10:25:33 PM


Seeks Lt.Governor’s intervention to do justice with the poor workers

Jammu, August 24: Nearly 61,000 casual labourers from all the government department have urged the J&K Union Territory Administration headed by Lt. Governor Manoj Sinha to regularise their services and increase their wages as per minimum wages act.
They have appealed the UT administration to do justice with the poor workers who are engaged in running essential services in J&K.
Divided into 15 categories, 31 government departments with Public Health Engineering (PHE) Department and Power Development Department (PDD) having highest number of casual and daily workers.
Under banner of All Department Casual Labours United Front, daily wagers on Monday held demonstration has expressed dismay over continued denial of their fundamental rights despite Jammu and Kashmir now becoming a UT.
“Despite unparalleled efforts of temporary employees our services are not regularized by successive Governments even all the prerequisite formalities have been completed but no step has been taken to mitigate our issues”, The said Akhil Sharma, president PDD workers union.
Association has demanded implementation of the provision of SRO-520 issued in 2017-18 when BJP-PDP coalition government was ruling the erstwhile state.
Length of service be considered for eligibility instead of wages drawn because workers have not been at times paid wages regularly.
The Basic Pay, Grade Pay, D.A, Medical, HRA, CCA and 21/2 days wages, Children Education Allowance, Transport Allowance and special allowance for child care at par with other regular government employees should be provided to casual workers.
Main demand also include implementation of Minimum Wages Act for Daily Rated Worker , Casual Labour, Land Donors, HDF Worker, C.P Workers, Need Based Casual Labours, Seasonal Labours, ITI Workers, Safai Karam Chari, EV's, Contingent Paid workers, Sweepers, Consolidated, Computer Operators and other categories of workers.
Other demand include benefits against death cases of workers
“There are so many cases of workers who have expired during service but their families have been been paid required compensation. There is need to ensure the families of workers who died during their assignment should be provided required compensation”,
Others who were present in the protest include, Hoshiar Singh Chib, Ravi Hans, Rajinder Singh Taj, Bhanu Pratap Singh Sambyal, Binkel Manhas, Jyoti Sharma, Mohan Sharma, Rashpaul Singh from PHE workers union, Rajan Sharma, president Agriculture union, Kuldeep Raj, president Estates employees union, Devi Dass, president Floriculture Garden and Parks, Satish Sharma, president PWD union and others.

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