SRINAGAR, Feb 4: Newly recruited non-gazetted employees from various departments held protest against the new job policy of the State Government.
Scores of non-gazetted employees from various departments including Health and Medical Education, Technical Education and Animal Husbandry assembled at Press Enclave and protested against the new job policy of the Government. The protesters alleged that the Government was exploiting educated youth of State by implementing the new job policy and pushing them into disillusionment.
The protesters lamented that the job policy had been reduced to just a few department and only underprivileged educated youth were suffering. “The policy was initially meant for all the new recruitment of the State including gazetted employees. But, the gazetted employees along with various departments have been excluded from the policy and they are getting their full salaries,” Mohammad Shafi Wani, a protesting employee from Kulgam said, adding only poor and meritorious were forced to serve on meager salaries.
The protesters alleged their counterparts appointed before June 2015, through the same channel, were getting full salaries. “We are paid meager salaries of Rs. 7000-8000 monthly for the same work that our counterparts do. The Government is violating Article 14 which guarantees equal pay for equal work”, a protester said, adding government was also violating its Minimum Wages Act by paying them less.
Another protester said that after spending huge amounts of money for education they were struggling to feed their families with the meager salaries.
Carrying banners and placards depicting their demands, the newly appointed non-gazetted employees were shouting slogans against the Government and demanding revocation of new recruitment policy. They pointed out that in the purview of the recruitment policy SRO-202 was implemented in June 2015 but this new policy was unfair for the educated youth of the State. “The same Government termed the job policy unfair when they were in opposition in 2012. If it was unfair then how is fair now?” a protester asked.