JAMMU, June 24: Many Jammu areas are facing water crisis as the strike of the PHE workers continued on the second consecutive day today, while the PHE Employees United Front (Jammu province), extended 48-hour strike by next 24 hours.
A large number of PHE/Jal Shakti department daily wage workers assembled at Pumping Station Narwal and also at BC Road office complex and held protest demonstration. Many senior members of the United Front were leading. They were shouting slogans in support of their long pending demands and also against the UT administration.
A large number of senior leaders of the United Front addressed the gathering and criticized the Government for not addressing the pending issues of the employees including daily rated/CP workers. They demanded the regularisation of the daily rated workers, enhancement of Minimum Wages as per Central law in J&K UT, enhancement of Medical Allowance of the employees and workers, release of pending wages of 70 months of PHE workers.
They condemned the rigid and anti-employee attitude of some senior Government officers and even the BJP leaders who only befooled them and done nothing for getting their long pending issues resolved. They said their 48- hour strike will continue up to 8 pm on Friday. And if there will be no response from the UT Administration, strike can be further extended. The United Front extended strike by next 24 hours as there was no response from the Government.
Meanwhile, many Jammu localities are facing drinking water crisis. At several places the people held protests against the PHE authorities. They alleged that there was no supply of water in their areas as mostly 70 % daily wager staff has been engaged for releasing water to the city localities. They alleged that even Jal Shakti department failed to provide water through tankers.