EJAC stages protest, seeks regularisation of workers

EJAC members staging protest in Srinagar on Thursday. -Excelsior/Shakeel
EJAC members staging protest in Srinagar on Thursday. -Excelsior/Shakeel

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Dec 16: The Jammu and Kashmir Employees Joint Action Committee (EJAC) held a strong demonstration at Press Enclave Srinagar demanding regularisation of daily wagers, adhoc and temporary employees working in different departments for the last two decades.

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Led by its president Mohd Rafique Rather and general secretary Sajad Parray along with scores of EJAC activists, holding placards in their hands with slogans in favour of regularisation of daily wagers, ad hoc and temporary employees, raised slogans in favour of their demands of regularisation policy and Minimum Wages Act.
While speaking to the Press, EJAC president said that regularisation of adhoc and daily wagers is a human issue which the government needs to address on priority. He said that regularisation of big chunk of such employees is a genuine and legitimate issue which has been agreed and accepted by respective governments but its strange that nothing in this regard has been done so for. He said that these employees have been performing their duties in extremely tough conditions and have always been standing shoulder to shoulder with other regularised employees but still they are paid a meager pay that too after even months.
Rather said that government has left these employees to starvation and has made their families to suffer, with the result their wards do not receive proper education and elderly people suffer for want of proper medication. He further stressed upon the government to implement Minimum Wages Act as per the Supreme Court ruling till the regularisation policy is announced. EJAC leader expressed surprise on the attitude of government and said that no seriousness is shown by the government towards these genuine demands.
Rather said that he has handed over a memorandum to the Chief Secretary and almost all Advisors of the Government in this regard but nothing concrete has come out so for. He said that if such an attitude continues to be witnessed from the government, EJAC will be left with no option but to hit the streets.
Senior EJAC members Wajahat Durani, Farooq Khan, Nazir Ahmad Khan, Mushtaq Ahmad and Fayaz Ahmad also accompanied.