PDD casual/need based workers’ protest enters 171st day

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 8: The protest dharna of casual/need based workers of Power Development Department under the banner of All Jammu Province Casual/ Need Based Workers Union PDD in front of the office of Chief Engineer, EM&RE, PDD Wing Jammu, entered into 171st day today.
Continuously for last 171st days, the PDD casual/need based workers are on dharna under the supervision of State president of the union, Akhil Sharma and Jammu province president, Shesh Kumar, demanding regularization policy for them, release of their pending wages and implementation of SRO 381 in the department.
The union is also demanding completion of Aadhar based biometric work of casual/needbased workers on fast track mode. While speaking on the occasion, Union’s Jammu province general secretary, Sanjeev appealed the CE, EM&RE, PDD Wing Jammu, to complete the biometric work through Executive Engineers of Jammu province at the earliest and send records to NIC department by February 20.
He said that they will continue their agitation till their demands particularly regarding release of pending salaries are accepted. He said that while in Srinagar 7531 casual/need based workers get the monthly wages timely from the department but in Jammu about 3371 such workers are without wages for past many months.
The other demands of the union are insurance policy to workers and provision of compensation in case of death or disability of workers.