Failing to regularize daily wagers


Thousands of the daily wagers in various Government Departments including PDD, PHE, Irrigation and R&B working on paltry wages of Rs 6000 per month are running from pillar to post for their regularization over two decades now. Despite the announcement by the previous State Government of PDP and BJP to regularise services of 60,000 daily wagers in the year 2017 under SRO 520, the announcement has not seen the light of the day. With failure of Government to fulfill its promise of regularizing the services of daily rated workers working in various Government departments in J&K UT for decades together, the daily wagers felt betrayed and their associations.In 2017 December, the then Finance Minister of the coalition Government, DrHaseebDrabu made an announcement regarding regularisation of the daily wagers of various categories under SRO 520 and after regularization these employees were to be designated as Government Services Assistants. Under the SRO, the daily wagers were classified in skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled categories and pay bands were also announced for them under different categories. But this all proved a total betrayal later as no headway was made in this regard after the fall of coalition.
These daily wagers were eagerly waiting for the issuance of orders and the Government's announcement had generated a new hope in them but all this was dashed to the ground as the process of regularisation has been put on hold by the new dispensation after the fall of coalition Government in J&K. As earlier highlighted by JOURNEY LINE these daily wagers, whose figure has crossed over one lakh in the UT have been left with no alternative but to come to streets in protest and there is a brewing resentment among employees bodies' against the Government which has adopted a stoic silence over the regularization issue as the files are biting the dust in the respective Government offices. The another grave injustice being faced by them is that the Minimum Wages Act which is applicable in other UTs of the country has not been implemented on these hapless workers since the conversion of J&K State into UT last year.

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