Fair price shop dealers stage protest, demand permanent jobs

Excelsior Correspondent

Srinagar, Dec 28: Scores of fair price shop dealers today staged protests and demanded implementation of Cabinet decision wherein they were “promised permanent jobs”.
Scores of fair price shop dealers who have been engaged with Consumer Affairs Food and Public Distribution(CAPD) Department for last fourteen years today assembled in the Press Enclave here in Srinagar and protested against the Government for neglecting their demand of permanent jobs.
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According to the dealers, they were engaged for a long time on consolidated pay following a Cabinet decision number 127 of July 16, 2014. “Till now the Government has failed to implement the decision. It is unfortunate that despite a Cabinet order in place the Government is unmoved. For last fourteen years we are engaged with CAPD Department and has repeatedly demanded permanent jobs but to no avail,” president of Fair Price Dealers Union Tanveer Hussain Pathan said.
Demanding implementation of the Cabinet decision he said, “When we were engaged the State Government promised us permanent jobs.”
Pathan said there were around 3500 fair price shops employees in J&K including 1200 from Kashmir who had delivered their services during tough times that state faced. During the devastating floods of 2014 and the unrest of 2016, they worked ardently.  He, however, alleged inordinate delay in the implementation of the order was to issue licenses to some blue-eyed person, “I do not see any other reason for the delay. If Government can regularise the services of the 60000 casual workers why are they delaying the implementation of the Cabinet order,” he added.


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