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PDD daily wagers’ protest enters 71st day

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Feb 6: The PDD Daily Wagers continued their protest dharna outside the office premises of SE, EM&RE Circle, Jammu on the 71st consecutive day, today.
The workers led by Bharat Singh, chairman, All J&K PDD Daily Wagers Union, Jammu province and president, Surjeet Khajuria, started their `Kam Chhor Hartal’ on November 28.  Today was the 71st day of the strike and protest dharna.
The protesting workers were shouting slogans in support of their demand of regularization and enhancement of their wages besides clearance of all the pending wages. They were also demanding the release of their wages in time, conduct of DPC of all cadre. They further demanded that discrimination with the daily wagers from Jammu region be stopped and they should be treated at par with those from Kashmir region.
While speaking on the occasion, the speakers said while union members are continuously staging protest demonstration in support of their demands, the PDD authorities are forcing and pressurizing the innocent daily wagers to perform duty that too without security equipments and precautionary equipments. They said that in case any casualty occurs in the field with any daily wager during this period, the concerned higher official will be held responsible.
The speakers said that concerned SE, EM&RE Circle-I has issued directions to resolve grievances of the employees but the authorities in the Division offices are not interested to favour the Union members and redress their grievances, and if such attitude continues, the Union will be forced to start more aggressive agitation in the Division offices.
The protesting employees appealed the SE to direct the Division offices for furnishing the requisite information to his office so as to clear the path for convening DPC. They also urged upon all the daily wagers of Jammu district to regularly participate in agitation and shun all field or office work.

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