UDHAMPUR, Oct 5: Water Works (PHE) Employees Association held a mass protest demonstration at PHE Complex Udhampur under the chairmanship of Som Nath, senior vice president PHE Employees Association Jammu province.
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A large number of employees and workers drawn from Kud, Patnitop, Chenani, Sudhmahadev, Latti, Majouri, Ramnagar, Kulwanta, Majalta, Khoon, Masar, Panchari, Krimchi Tikri, Jib Thathi and other far flung areas of the district participated in the rally. The workers shouted slogans in support of their long pending demands.
In his address Som Nath criticized the Government policy for the PHE workers. He said he Government was ensuring to implement Tal Matol (dilly dallying) policy for the workers for the past 18 to 20 years and added that no action has been taken since last three years. He said workers were doing their duty sincerely but have been given step motherly treatment. He appealed the concerned Minister as also the Finance Minister to take up the matter with Central Government for clearing the pending wages.
Association general secretary Vijay Kumar also addressed the workers and warned the Government that they would be compelled to launch “No work-no wages’ strike in case their wages were not released before Diwali festival.
The other demands discussed pertained to Implementation of Minimum Wages Act; Immediate regularization of workers awaiting regularization for the past so many years; Revision of sanctioned strength of the department, as there was no revision of sanctioned strength of field functionaries of the department for the past 40 years; Meeting shortage of staff to effectively man the on-going water supply schemes; Change of designation as per nature of job being performed by the workers; Payment to those engaged in lieu of land donation; and Enhancement in daily wage rate to Rs 150 to Rs 350.
Others who spoke on the occasion included Rattan Singh, Suraj Parkash, Dinesh Kesar, Jagdish Magotra, Amit Dubey, Krishan Chand, Kuldeep Kumar, Balbir Singh, Raj Kumar, Prem Nath, Janait Ali, Govind Ram, Darbara Singh, Lakshman Singh etc.