PHE casual laborers stage protest

Casual laborers and daily wagers working with PHE department staged protest at Press Colony here, demanding regularization of their services.

The workers assembled under the banner of Kashmir PHE Joint Employees Association to press for their demand including release of their wages pending for months.

Led by chairman of the Association Sajad Ahmad Parray, the protesting workers which also included land donors said the government had assured them of “fulfilling” their demands before March 27. “They (the government) have again failed to keep its promise,” said the protesting employees.

The pending wages, regularisation of services are the two main demands raised by the Association, said Parray.

“It has becomes difficult for us to meet daily expenses,” said a daily wager. “Our families are suffering. The studies of our children have taken hit owing to non-release of wages by the government,” said another worker said.

The laborers said they have working sincerely for the department for past many years, but “unfortunately our wages are not released on time”.