AJKPC demands regularization of RDD Guards, Gardeners

Anil Sharma, president AJKPC addressing a press conference at Jammu on Monday. -Excelsior/Rakesh
Anil Sharma, president AJKPC addressing a press conference at Jammu on Monday. -Excelsior/Rakesh

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Sept 25: All J&K Panchayat Conference (AJKPC) here today organized a one convention of temporary guards and gardeners (Maalis and Chowkidaars) of Rural Development Department (RDD) and discussed future course of action for their regularization.
A large number of temporary guards and gardeners from different districts and blocks of Jammu region joined the convention.
Speaking on the occasion, Anil Sharma, president AJKPC assured the temporary guards and gardeners that AJKPC would continue to raise their issue on all platforms.
After convention, Sharma told reporters that AJKPC has been spearheading the struggle for poor guards and gardeners.
He said that many of these workers have now become over aged for other government jobs after serving in RDD for years together, so it would be appropriate and in the best interest of justice and fairness that J&K Government formulate some policy for these guards and gardeners.
“Families of many of these guards and gardeners have even given their lands for Government projects on the promise that they would be given regularized government jobs in return but these promises were never fulfilled,” the AJKPC leader maintained adding: “If a suitable regularization policy is not formulated at an earliest for these guards and gardeners, then AJKPC would launch a full-fledged agitation.”
During convention, the guards and gardeners also demanded minimum monthly wages till they are not regularized.
Prominent among those who addressed the convention were Ram Saroop Sharma, Shahnawaz Ahmed, Mangash Kumar, Bashir Hussain Shah, Magveer Chander, Sher Mohd, Ab Rashid, Bodh Raj, Mashtiq Ahmed, Azid Ahmed and others.