PHE employees protest in support of demands

PHE employees protesting in Srinagar on Thursday. -Excelsior/Shakeel
PHE employees protesting in Srinagar on Thursday. -Excelsior/Shakeel

Excelsior Correspondent
Srinagar, Jan 10: Employees of Public Health and Engineering Department (PHE) today protested here in support of their demands including regularization of services and release of pending wages.
Under the banner of PHE Joint Employees’ Association scores of casual workers and daily wagers assembled at Press Enclave and raised their demands. The protestors were holding placards and banners reading: ”Regularize our services”, “release our pending wages”, “consider working months instead of payment months”, and “amend SRO 520”.
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While speaking to the reporters, Sajad Ahmad Parray, Chairman of the association said they were protesting to remind the Government of its promises. “Government made several promises to us: release of pending wages, regularization of services and implementation of 7th Pay Commission. But, all the promises have turned out to be hollow,” he said. Besides, he lamented that Government was doing injustice to the employees by not considering their working months instead of payment months.
”We are also a part of the society and we don’t want the people to suffer but the Government’s behaviour towards us is compelling us to take this extreme step, which will ultimately lead the common people to suffer on daily basis,” a protestor said.
They further said that if their demands are not fulfilled till January 14, they will again protest on January 15 and that would be very severe and large scale.


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