Police foil daily wagers’ Secretariat gherao, scores detained

Police swung into action Tuesday morning to prevent daily wagers of public health engineering department from marching towards the civil secretariat.
Police foil daily wagers’ Secretariat gherao, scores detained
Photo: Aman Farooq/GK

Police swung into action Tuesday morning to prevent   daily wagers of public health engineering department from marching towards the civil secretariat. The police detained scores of daily wagers at Batamaloo after they tried to gherao the secretariat. The daily wagers were demanding regularization of their services.

The protest call was given by the Kashmir PHE Joint Employees Association to press for of its demand for regularization of daily wage workers, casual labourers and need-based workers.

"Many of us have been working as daily wage workers for past more than a decade, but despite assurances by successive regimes no step has been taken to regularize our services," said a casual labourer. 

The protesters accused the PDP led dispensation of backing out of its pre-poll promises.  Led by association president, Sajad Ahmad Parray tried to march towards civil secretariat but police foiled their march and detained scores of them.

"Finance Minister, Haseeb Drabu had promised us that we will be regularized and also a committee headed by chief Secretary was formed in this regard. The committee had to submit their report on May 30," Parray said adding that the sub-committee meeting was held on May 30 in which it was decided that "those who have been appointed in the year 2007 to 2010 will be regularized. "

"We are being forced to take to streets," he added.

"We have served the department with dedication for past 20 years and the government is ignoring our plight. We won't act as mute spectator in case the government betrays our trust," Parray added.

We then marched towards press colony and decided to protest there but police detained many of our casual labours there also, Parray said.

Parray further said that if our demands are not fulfilled we will take some harsh steps and the government will be responsible for that.

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