Implement Minimum Wages Act in letter & spirit in J&K: Tony

DDC Member TS Tony inaugurating blacktopping work.
DDC Member TS Tony inaugurating blacktopping work.

Excelsior Correspondent

Jammu, Dec 12: DDC Member Suchetgarh Taranjit Singh Tony on Sunday demanded that Minimum Wages Act should be implemented in letter and spirit in J&K because despite the law, people are being exploited in the UT by paying wages which are far less than the minimum amount stipulated.
He said this while inaugurating blacktopping work on road stretches between Pindi and Sai, and Sai and Dewangarh.
Talking specifically, Tony raised the issue of Jammu and Kashmir Bank Limited which according to him is one of the biggest defaulters of the Minimum Wages Act in J&K. He said that the aforesaid bank was paying the salaries to its security guards which were far less than prescribed by the Minimum Wages Act.
“This was not enough as the managing committee of the bank has gone a step further by forcing another cut on the security guards thus putting the lives of hundreds of employees into jeopardy as the inflation under the BJP Government is touching skies”, he said.
The DDC member said that the Government at the Centre and LG’s administration should come out of self-praise mode and do something substantial for the lower strata of society by ensuring that the Minimum Wages Act should be implemented in letter and spirit in J&K.
Tony however assured the people of the constituency that his sole aim is to ensure that no road in the vicinity will be kept out of purview of modernization. He said that each and every road stretch will be completed as far as repairs and blacktopping is concerned before the Assembly elections in the UT.
Prominent who were present include Sarpanch Sarfo Devi, Sarpanch Tilak Raj, Anju Bala, Harpal Singh, Surjet Singh, Suraj Kumar Mohinder Singh, Mohan Singh, Sub (Retd) Mahesh Lal, Narain Singh, Bhajan Singh, Ajay Kumar, Youth leader Avinash Choudhary and Janak Raj.