Tourism casual labourers seek wages before Eid
With Eid-ul-Adha approaching nearer, casual labours of Tourism Department Sunday threatened to launch agitation in case their withheld remuneration is not released by September 24.
A delegation of aggrieved labourers said that their wages have been withheld since past thirteen months.
"On Eid-ul-Fitr, we were not given even a penny. We are facing immense hardships as we have no other source to feed our families," they said. They added that they are regularly attending office and delivering their duties with honestly and sincerely.
"One can imagine our plight as our remuneration of past thirteen months has been withheld. We are unable to deposit school fee of our wards," they said. One of the casual labourers, who was part of delegation said that his parents need some life saving drugs periodically. "I had been borrowing it from one of the pharmacists. However, he has stopped it to provide me now as I failed to pay his bill in absence of release of my remuneration from the department," he rued. Another casual labour said that his ward was forced to drop schooling after he failed to deposit his tuition fee.
"We have been apprising higher ups about our grievance and demands. However, our pleas have fallen on deaf ears," they said.
They appealed Chief Minister who holds Tourism portfolio and Commissioner Secretary Tourism to personally intervene in the matter, adding, "We will launch an agitation if we are deprived of our earned wages on this Eid. We demand its release by September 24, this year."