UDHAMPUR, Feb 2: Water Works PHE Employees Association has urged upon the State Government to release 40 months pending wages of the daily rated workers ( DRWs) of the PHE Department.
In a meeting of the Association members from district Udhampur and Reasi held at PHE complex Udhampur today under the Chairmanship of Som Nath, district president and senior vice president of PHE Employees Association Jammu Province, the members strongly projected the issues of the workers.
While addressing the workers, Som Nath said that Govt has not framed any policy for workers’ regularization. He said if the SRO 64 is to be modified then Govt must take immediate decision to regularize the PHE workers. Moreover, the wages of the workers due for the last about 40 months, be immediately disbursed.
He further pointed out that in view of non-release of their wages, these hapless workers have been facing lot of hardships to feed their families. They are virtually facing starvation. The Govt is taking work from these people free and not even single penny has been paid to them in last 40 months. This is sheer exploitation of these workers.
The Trade Union leader alleged that concerned minister and senior officers of the department only gave false assurances and they are least bothered about the plight of these poor workers.
Vijay Sharma, general secretary of the Association said that 50 % of pending wages of the poor workers be paid as early as possible. The various genuine long pending issues of the PHE employees were also highlighted in the meeting which are- regularization of workers, implement Minimum Wages Act, remove shortage of staff, change of designation, conduct DPC meeting and enhancement of wages .
Som Nath appealed to all the PHE employees/ workers of Jammu province to get ready for log agitation as the Govt continued with anti- employee policy.
Prominent among others present on the occasion included Rattan Singh, Suraj Parkash, Makhan Chand, Dinesh Kesar, Baldev Raj, Krishan Chand, Jagdish Magotra, Kuleep Kumar, Karam Singh, Shamsher Singh, Ved Parkash, Janait Ali, Shamu Dutt, Chuni Lal and Ganesh Chand.