SRO-520 nothing but eyewash: Tarigami

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Dec 30: CPI(M) leader and MLA Kulgam, Mohd Yousuf Tarigami, today said that the recently issued SRO-520 by the State Government, is nothing but eyewash and a meager relief to the casual, seasonal and daily rated workers, who have been waiting for regularization with all service benefits for years together.
In a statement issued here, Tarigami said that the State Finance Minister, in his last Budget speech had affirmed that on moral and humanitarian grounds, the regularization case of the casual workers is quite genuine and as such, had promised that 61000 casual workers waiting for the positive Government decision, would be regularized with full benefits as enjoyed by other Government employees.
“But the SRO-520 does not fulfill the expectations of the casual workers who have been struggling for their rights for decades together. The SRO only refers to ‘regular engagement’ of various categories of daily wagers with a rather zigzag and confusing mechanism and stringent conditions. As such, it is not genuine regularization but mere relief and a half hearted measure to overcome the crisis. In fact it is an open attack on the job security of the working class”, he added.
The CPI(M) leader said the fact is that only a minimum guarantee has been given to these workers by allowing them the payment of a fixed sum of money and that too after 10 years of regular service, as such this is sheer exploitation of the working class.
“It is nothing but snatching away the employee’s right to job security”, he said and impressed upon the Government to revise the SRO, remove anomalies and make it worker friendly.