PDD casual labourers protest, demand release of wages

Casual labourers of PDD staging protest at Rajouri on Saturday.
Casual labourers of PDD staging protest at Rajouri on Saturday.

Excelsior Correspondent

RAJOURI, July 11: Casual labourers of Power Development Department today held strong protest demonstration demanding release of their wages.

The Association alleged that despite working day and night, their wages are not paid on time due to which they and their families are facing starvation. It said that casual labourers and temporary employees are facing lot of hardships due to non-release of their wages.
System and Operation Wing PDD Jammu, Association vice president Akhtar Chaudhary said that so far the Government has not been able to frame any job policy for them which is unfortunate. These temporary employees further said that the employees posted in the district are working day and night.  They perform their duties on a monthly salary of only Rs 6750 and they are not discharged on time.
Chaudhary said that the Government has forced to go on hunger strike while they are unable to meet the school and other expenses of the children.  He said that in the past many temporary employees have been affected by power outages.  Some have died due many other reasons but the children of these employees are also worried today due to lack of clear policy for them.
He demanded regularisation, release of wages of nearly three years, implementation of Minimum Wages Act as per central pattern. He said that many employees have been performing their duties in the department for more than 10-15 years but their future is uncertain. He said that no action has been taken.
Chaudhary said that the department was supplying electricity to remote areas in which most of the work was done by these temporary employees but for their wages, no concrete steps are being taken by the Government and the department, he added.