Fisheries' employees association protests govt 'indifference'

Greater Kashmir

Srinagar, Apr 3: The members of J&K Fisheries Employees’ Association today demonstrated at Press Colony here protesting government’s indifference to the problems of the class-iv employees in fisheries department.
Association president Khalid Mehmood (field supervisor) who is also the organizer of the Employees Joint Action Committee (EJAC) told Greater Kashmir that in spite of bringing their ‘genuine’ demands to the notice of minister for agriculture, A A Zargar, the government has failed to address their problem.
Mehmood said even as the class-v employees in fisheries department are performing same nature of duties as are being performed by their counterparts in Forest and Wildlife departments, they are being discriminated against. He accused the government of failing to remove the pay anomaly of the class-v employees.
Following the reorganization of fisheries department and its subsequent bifurcation into three independent departments, the class-v employees in the fisheries department have not been given the scale of pay which has been allotted to their counterparts in other two departments.
Later seeking review the pay scale with effect from 01-01-1982, the department of fisheries represented the pay commission.
Mehmood said the class-v employees in the department are performing a vital job. “We are working 24 hours yet the department is not giving us the two and a half days’ salary as is otherwise admissible under rules,” he said.
Mehmood said that despite repeated reminders by the association seeking conduct of the DPC, the department has not conducted the same for more than six years.
While accusing the authorities of exploiting the lower staff, Mehmood said a number of guards in the department have been posted far away from their home districts into offices where they are being subjected to the work not actually pertaining to them.
He said as per the rules they cannot post a guard in offices nor far away from their home districts.
Earlier the employees joined a demonstration of EJAC that handed over a memorandum on behalf of the employees to the Divisional Commissioner.