Srinagar, Feb 21: Scores of causal labourers working with Wildlife Department staged a protest in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district and sought regularization of their services.
The protesters assembled outside the office of Wildlife Warden Bijbehara and demanded immediate redressal of their long pending demands. “For last many years we have been working on meager salaries as Government has promised us that they will regularise our services but the inordinate delay in regularisation has plunged our families towards starvation,” Mushtaq Ahmad Lone, a protesting casual labourer, said.
He further said that they ‘smell a rat’ in the conduct of the department as their records have not been sent to the higher authorities. They also alleged that some tainted officials want to induct some blue-eyed persons. “Our records are lying at the office from so many days as some officials want to incorporate some blue eyed people as the Government is seeking to consider us for regularization,” he claimed.
Wildlife Warden, Sadiq Khan told Excelsior that they are sending the reports within two days to concerned authorities. “The records of the people who have been working with us for last so many years are with us and we will send the records to the higher ups for consideration,” he said. Asked if the inordinate delay was to induct some blue-eyed persons, he said: “This is not true. We will forwards the cases of only those people whose records are with us. Things are being done with absolute transparency.”