Srinagar: Chairman Block Development Council Koteranka, Rajouri, Javed Iqbal Choudhary called on Commissioner/Secretary Jal Shakti Department Mr M Raju at the Civil Secretariat in Srinagar and made a fervent appeal for justice to the Need Based Workers (NBWs) of the Public Health Engineering department in district Rajouri.
The Commissioner Secretary while responding to seriousness of the matter has assured to sort out the issue at the earliest.
In a memorandum of demands, Javed Choudhary expressed serious concern about the future of young people who have been left in the middle of nowhere by policy paralysis of the previous regimes.
Choudhary apprised thr Commissioner Sexretary that as many as 707 Need Based Workers engaged across different points of time in the Public Health Engineering Department are currently running from pillar to post for justice but no one is listening to them. He said that at different occasions authorities engaged Need Based Workers at a consolidated wage of Rs 6700 per month and many of them were regularized over a period of time.
After having met with the Need Based Workers, Choudhary said that Need Based Workers were getting their proper emoluments through online mode after proper verification of their identities, but salaries in case of many started getting stopped at different points over the past few years and currently the number of those who have no clear idea of their future is 707 in district Rajouri alone.
Around 250 of the total 707 who are neither getting salaries nor concrete answer from the authorities are in the Koteranka block alone. They have made a number of representations but have not been given any advice by the authorities.
The BDC chairman said that principle of natural justice demands equal treatment to everyone. He appealed the government to obtain a detailed report from the concerned about whole process of hiring and sudden retrenchment. He said that hundreds have been regularized on pick and choose basis while several hundreds have been left without any reason.
Because of the pandemic and no salaries from years together several families are the verge of starvation even as these over 700 boys have been pushed into dark clouds of uncertainty. “If hundreds of Need Based Workers have been hired what is the crime of these people in district Rajouri who have been left out” Javed Choudhary asked. Seeking personal intervention of the Lieutenant Governor, the BDC Chairman Koteranka appealed for release of the pending salary of the Need-Based Workers of district Rajouri till their final status is settled.