The ruling PDP-BJP coalition on Wednesday faced flak from the opposition in the Assembly over inclusion of 91 year old woman and persons over the age of 70 years in the list of casual workers to be regularised under the new job policy by the government
"How was a 91-year old woman included in the list," asked National Conference legislator Ali Muhammad Sagar, quoting a report from Greater Kashmir.
On January 22 Greater Kashmir carried an exclusive report that 91-year old Rafiqa Begum from Nutnussa Kupwara has been enrolled as casual employee in the education department for regularisation of her services.
Besides, people in the age group of 80s, 70s and even minors like Ubaid Farooq (14) figures in the list, Greater Kashmir reported. "You have even included those who are just 14 years and those who have been working as daily wagers for just 2-3 years," asked Sagar.
Cornered over the issue, the government said the list of 100501 casual and other workers registered with the government for regularization isn't final and all the cases will be scrutinised to make a final list of eligible candidates."The discrepancies might have crept in during Aadhar verification but each case will be scrutinised to remove the errors," minister for finance Haseeb Drabu assured the House.
The list of over one lakh persons was just a data bank collected through online Aadhar based biometric verification process.
According to the list 69696 are casual labourers; 8534 persons are seasonal labourers; 8836 are daily rated workers; 3092 are part time workers; 156 are CIC operators; 5757 are NYCs/drivers of food department; 1929 are HDF employees; 2153 are part time sweepers and 348 are prism men/settlement assistants of revenue department.
The highest number of 13425 persons have been enrolled in the list from Jammu district while the least number of casual workers, 1021, have been registered from Leh district.
"How has the number of these casual and other workers gone up from 60000 to over one lakh in three years?" Sagar demanded response from the government.
In a separate story earlier this month Greater Kashmir reported that a cabinet sub-committee had found that a total number of casual and other workers was 61464 in J&K. However the government in December last year said that a fresh survey has found that the number has gone up to 100501 workers, showing a increase of around 40000 workers in three years.
The government said that highest number of 38585 casual and other workers were PHE/I&FC.
The government revealed that in terms of categories of workers, 69696 were casual workers, the highest in any category.