JAMMU, July 15: National Mazdoor Conference (NMC) has reiterated its demand regarding revocation of decision of the Central Government with regard to freezing of DA installments till June 2021 in favor of both central/UT employees and pensioners.
NMC president Subash Shastri appealed the Prime Minister to re-consider the decision as the installments of the dearness allowance (DA) are additional supportive financial assistance to cope up the burden rising prices of essential commodities and COVID-19 pandemic.
“Dearness relief is not wage increase; it’s just a compensation against the erosion of real wages and the cost of living,” Shastri said while addressing a meeting of NMC activists here.
Stressing on the need of challenges being faced by the Government employees and pensioners due to on going COVID-19, Shastri pointed out the salaried class of the country are in the fore front of battle against COVID-19 and by risking their lives safety they are doing ordinary service to the nation.
“At this point of time, freezing of DA will severely impact life and living of salaried class and pensioners,” Shastri said, adding, this is the only source with them to cater the dearness needs and demanded an early release of two installments of 4 and 5% DA due from January last and July 1, 2020 to both central/UT employees and pensioners.
Pleading the cause of several thousands daily rated workers working in the various departments of the UT, the NMC president urged the Lt Governor to ensure early disbursement of long pending wages of daily rated workers for years together and hoped that the Government shall also ear-mark separate wage head for regular disbursement of their monthly salary till their regularization.