Not paid salary for 20 months, casual labourers are unable to pay the fees of their children, forcing them to come out on roads in Srinagar with their children to protest against authorities. The kids were seen raising slogans and holding placards which read – is it a sin to be a child of casual labourer?
Alleging empathy from the govt, PHE casual employees, who have not been paid wages for months, had kicked off their agitational campaign from April 1. The suffering employees from all three divisions of the state have come together for the cause.
Protesting under the banner of Kashmir PHE Joint Employees Association, daily wagers with their family members assembled in Pratap Park, Srinagar.
The protesting daily wagers alleged that the PHE department is ‘fooling them by saying that their files are lying with the finance department’.
They said that their wards are not being allowed in their schools, for non-payment of fees. “Our children are suffering, their education is suffering.”
Association Chairman Sajad Ahmad Parray said, “Our files are being tossed from table to table in the department. We will not bend down until our demands are met”.
Waris Ahmad Hurra, son of a daily wager, said that they face hardships in their daily life, as they have become financially dependent on their neighbours.
“Why isn’t government releasing my father’s salary? I am not able to go to school,” Waris says. “My father has not even bought new clothes for me from last one year,” he added.
One of the protesters Tariq Ahmad said that they are fed up with the department and it has never done justice with them other than their regularization under SRO-520.
The protesters threatened of mass agitation till their demands are met by the government. They also sought Governor’s intervention in the matter.