SRINAGAR, Feb 7: Scores of Contingent Paid Workers (CPWs) and cooks working in the Education Department today staged a protest outside Deputy Commissioner (DC) office in Anantnag, demanding immediate release of their salaries.
Scores of women who had come from Larnoo Vailoo and other hamlets of south Kashmir’s Kokernag area of Anantnag district held strong protest as they have not been paid salaries for last three years. “We have not received a single penny from the last three years which has put our families on the brink of starvation. They have paid some people but the majority of us have not received anything,” Zareefa Begum, a women protestor, said.
She also alleged that a section of people who were paid their salaries received only Rs 700 per month out of Rs 1000. The protesters further said that during the recent unrest it was they who were assigned job of guarding the schools.
“We were assigned the job to watch and ward the schools in the volatile atmosphere which was totally denied by teachers despite receiving huge salaries in addition to having all provisions for their safe future,” the protesters added.
The protesters demanded that services of all the qualified CPWs engaged up to 2011 should be regularized and the court orders regarding the implementation of Minimum Wages Act should be implemented. The cooks should also be regularized and till regularization, the wages should be paid in accordance to those working in KGBV schools, they demanded.