'Govt must change callous attitude towards casual labourers'

CPI(M) Urges AFCONS To Reinstate Disengaged Workers


Jammu,Jan 2: Expressing serious concern over the “lackadaisical attitude” of the government to fulfill its commitments vis-à-vis regularisation of daily wagers and release of dues to causal labourers in the Power Development Department, the CPI (M) State Secretary Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami Wednesday said “the callous administration has put this hapless lot to tremendous hardships, forcing them to take to streets.”
In a statement issued here today, the CPI (M) leader remarked that over a year has passed when the state cabinet gave nod to the regularization of daily wagers working in PDD. “But a formal order to this effect is yet to be issued thus adding to the frustration of daily wagers who toil hard despite pressing circumstances,” Tarigami said.
He said condemned the police action against the protesting PDD causal labourers who had assembled at Press Enclave in Srinagar.
Reminding the government of its commitment made with the PDD daily wagers, who had called off their 57-day long `pen down, tool down’ strike on February 8, 2010, Tarigami said: “What happened to the commitment of a delegation comprising Minister for State for Power Shabir Ahmed Khan, Political Advisor to Chief Minister that the government would release their pending wages by February 28, 2010.  What happened to Rs 6.5 crore that was assured to be released for the purpose? Similarly, what happened to the government assurance that demands of PDD daily wagers, including their regularization would be met by March 31, 2012?”
 He called for immediate regularization of daily wagers and casual laborers who have completed seven years of service in PDD and other engineering departments as per the norms.
Meanwhile, the CPI (M) leader condemned police action against AFCONS Company workers who have been disengaged and were demonstrating against the company’s action peacefully at Nagrota. “Their disengagement is completely unwarranted and uncalled for.  80 workers who have been disengaged without any purpose must be reinstated as quickly as possible,” he demanded.

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