PDP corners Govt over regularization of 29000 casual labourers

Srinagar, Oct 9: The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Wednesday cornered the J&K government in the Upper House over regularization of 29000 casual labourers in the State. Finding itse...

Srinagar, Oct 9: The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Wednesday cornered the J&K government in the Upper House over regularization of 29000 casual labourers in the State. Finding itself in a tight-spot, the government admitted its helplessness, saying the departments have furnished only part of information on the issue.
 Replying to a query of PDP legislature party leader Naeem Akthar, the Finance Minister Abdur Rahim Rather informed the House that 56000 daily-wagers have been regularized in accordance with the SRO-64 of 1994, as on date.
 "Now only 2000 cases of 58000 are pending for confirmation," Rather said.
 Rather said the government is unable to take a decision on 29800 causal labourers due to failure of departments in furnishing the requisite information.
 On this, Akthar slammed the government over unnecessary delay in taking the decision.
 "Why you are unable to get information? You don't have to get it from Pakistan," Akthar told Rather.
 Replying to the supplementary, Rather said the CSC constituted by the government in 2009 decided to go into the extent of the problem relating to causal labourers and had sought information from all departments about them.
 "We decided to go into the financial, legal and administrative implications that may arise due to their confirmation before taking a decision on them," he said.
 He said most of the Departments are refusing to part with information as to "who has appointed these causal labourers".
 "We have received requisite information in the given format of only 300 causal labourers against 29800 of them," he said, adding the CSC will shortly sit to decide on how to get the information from departments.
 In response to Akthar's queries, Rather said the government of India has refused continuation as well as regularization of 8000 National Youth Corps (NYC) volunteers engaged in Kashmir after the 2010 unrest.

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