ICDS workers protest, demand release of salary

ICDS workers protesting in Srinagar on Wednesday. —Excelsior/Shakeel
ICDS workers protesting in Srinagar on Wednesday. —Excelsior/Shakeel

Excelsior Correspondent
Srinagar, Jan 27: The helpers to supervisors of the ICDS Department today held a protest demonstration demanding release salaries which are lying pending for more than two years.
The workers said that they have not been paid for their work for the last 2 and a half years which has resulted in immense hardships for them.
“We have been forced to come here in this harsh cold today and all we demand is the release of wages that are lying pending for long,” General Secretary of J&K Helpers to Supervisors Association Nuzhat said.
She said that due to the non-payment of their wages, the workers are undergoing immense trouble and that the Government is not paying heed to their issues despite repeated appeals.
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“The department has been resorting to delaying tactics and has not been paying any heed to our issues for long now,” she said.
The workers who had assembled here—all women from various Kashmir districts—warned that they will be forced to harsh measures if the department fails to release their salary without any further delay.
“We are working and are discharging our duties without interruptions, but despite that, we are being made to undergo immense hardships,” the workers said.
The workers said that they are being told by the officials that only 60 posts of the helpers to supervisors are sanction—which, as per the officials, is causing the problem of delay in the release of salaries.
“If only 60 are sanctioned, why are they recruiting new individuals in the department, why not to accommodate us as we are already there,” they said.
The workers said that the problem is recurring and they have to face such problems almost every year where they have to protest for the release of their salaries.
“We have been running from pillar to post but nothing is being done for us. The department must streamline all the related things so that we should not face such problems in the future,” they said.