Casual labourers threaten to lock down offices

Dozens of casual labourers from department of tourism hit roads for second consecutive day on Thursday, demanding release of their wages.

The tourism casual labourers assembled outside tourism department and chanted slogans, alleging that authorities were callous towards their demands.

The protesting labourers were carrying placards and banners seeking justice, demanding immediate release of their salaries. “Since 2014, we haven’t taken a single penny from the department despite round the clock service being rendered by us,” they said.

The labourers alleged that authorities were keen to lapse the funds and were not willing to provide them salaries. “We requested authorities many a time but no heed was paid to our repeated pleas despite the fact department has sufficient funds and can easily release our salaries,” they said.

The laborers said that an order directing release of wages was issued on October 24, 2018, and another order was again released on January 1, 2019, but those orders were not implemented.

They alleged that the order prohibited the release of separate bills but Nigeen club account is releasing salaries for 14 individually.

“We are suffering a lot but the department is in no mood to redress our problems. The department spends huge amount on festivals and other recreational activities but is reluctant to release our pending salaries,” they said.