NEW DELHI, Oct 24 : A delegation of “All Jammu & Kashmir Casual Labourers United Front” today met Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh and sought his intervention for the redressal of their grievances.
In a meeting lasting nearly two hours, Dr Jitendra Singh gave a patient hearing and listened in detail to each of the issues raised by the members of the delegation.
The delegation, led by the State President of All J&K Casual Labourers United Front, Tanveer Hussain, also handed over a memorandum to the Union Minister. The members of the delegation said that they had been suffering from financial hardship due to meager wages of labourers. They said that from time to time, they had been engaged to perform full time or casual duties by the successive governments in the erstwhile State of Jammu & Kashmir but a permanent solution to their grievances had never been addressed.
The members of the delegation requested the Union Minister for his intervention for redressal of their grievances which they had been facing for nearly two decades.
During the meeting, in the presence of the members of delegation, Dr Jitendra Singh called up Advisor to J&K Lieutenant Governor, K K Sharma on telephone and conveyed the issues raised by the Casual Labourers and sought for resolving them appropriately. He also asked Advisor Sharma to hold a meeting with the representatives of Casual Labourers and put across the possible options for redressal of their problems.
Dr Jitendra Singh suggested that a meeting be held between Advisor Sharma and representatives of casual labourers at the earliest and thereafter should be followed up with the concerned departments and officers. He assured the members of the delegation that during the process of their negotiations with the Union Territory government, if required, he can intervene again for the follow up.
The delegation was accompanied by former MLA Baldev Sharma and senior BJP Leader Kuldeep Dubey who also strongly pleaded that the cause of the casual labourers be treated as a human problem.
Sharma informed Dr Jitendra Singh that with his reference, he had presented an initial briefing of the issue before the Advisor of Lieutenant Governor K K Sharma.