JAMMU, Feb 21: Govt Employees and Workers Federation (GEWF) has strongly criticized the State Government for its silence on the hunger strike of the contractual lecturers.
In an emergency meeting of the Federation held here today under the leadership of Kulwant Singh, president of the organization, the members expressed strong resentment over the criminal silence of the Government, especially the State Education department over the fast unto death agitation.
They pointed out that contractual lecturers engaged in 10+2 schools under academic arrangement, went on hunger strike on February 14, 2017 but the State Govt is least bothered on the issue. These lecturers have been made to work on the meager wages of Rs 7000 per month while their counterparts/ regular staff, is getting more than 50,000 of the salary per month for the same work. It is great injustice and sheer exploitation of these highly educated youth who are made to work even in remote and far flung areas on this wage.
The condition of one Youth, Vinod Kumar Sharma, who is sitting on fast-unto death since February 14, has deteriorated and Govt would be responsible for any untoward happening. These youth are demanding enhancement of their wages and framing of policy for their regularization.
Kulwant Singh while according full support to the Lecturers for their agitation, resolved to start awareness campaign in the State about the plight of these highly educated youth. He also appealed to the Chief Minister to personally intervene and provide at least Rs 22,000 wages to these lecturers .
Among others present in the meeting included, Shahid Hussain, Ranjit Singh, Subhash Chander, Rajinder Singh, Aslam Khan, Manohar Lal, Hurdutt Sharma, Sandeep Khanna, Pushpinder Singh and Pawan Kumar.